Watercolours

A painting method that employs pigment suspended in a water-based solution, usually applied onto paper.

Though its earliest origins are thought to be prehistoric, its history is usually dated from the Renaissance, when it was used by artists such as Albrecht Durer.

While it may be used as for the creation of preparatory studies, it is also an art form in its own right, and is a technique used for botanical illustration, wildlife illustration and topographical painting as well as traditional genres, particularly landscape.


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Size matters for Albert Goodwin group

15 April 2019

A significant collection of pictures by the Victorian watercolourist Albert Goodwin (1845-1932) was a near sell-out at auction in Suffolk and generated just under £120,000.

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Pick of the week: Catlin’s chief appeal brings high prices at London auction

08 April 2019

Previously unpublished sketches and letters by the American artist and traveller George Catlin (1796-1872) attracted multiple bidders at Forum Auctions in London.

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Grave concerns over Eric Gill

08 April 2019

This headstone design of a female nude by the controversial sculptor Eric Gill (1882-1940) was deemed too risky to be realised when he designed it in 1933.

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Scrappy album but quality watercolour views inside

01 April 2019

Consigned from a deceased estate in Oxfordshire, a loosely bound album containing nearly 100 watercolours of marine and topographical views drew multiple bids at an Oxford saleroom.

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Rare Native American pictures by George Catlin come to auction in London

19 March 2019

A collection of watercolours, drawings and letters by American painter George Catlin (1796-1872) will be offered at Forum Auctions next week.

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Guy Peppiatt offers rediscovered selection of Welsh watercolours by John ‘Warwick’ Smith

18 March 2019

St James’s exhibition shows works of a watercolourist seduced by British rural beauty.

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Miniatures in the mainstream as London show coincides with major exhibition

25 February 2019

A dealer's one-day London show comes hot on the heels of major exhibitions that are drumming up interest in miniatures.

Miniature by Isaac Oliver

Philip Mould holds miniature exhibition in London gallery

25 February 2019

Dealer Philip Mould stages 'Jewel in the Hand: Early Portrait Miniatures from Noble and Private Collections' at its Pall Mall gallery from March 12-April 18.

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Extensive provenance gathers interest for a David Cox watercolour

25 February 2019

A lengthy provenance was key to the success of a large watercolour by the 19th century artist David Cox (1783-1859).

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De Wint depicts the city of York

11 February 2019

Rare work by artist best known for his Lincolnshire views is a highlight of Dorset sale.

‘Coastal Path’ by Mark Raggett

Be Part of Art: Royal Watercolour Society stages exhibition and auction to help fund renovation of new gallery

22 January 2019

Founded in 1804, The Royal Watercolour Society has been in existence for over two centuries and includes famous names such as John Singer Sargent, Samuel Palmer and Edward Burne-Jones among its past members.

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Charles Dickens 'lost portrait' purchase for the nation fundraising hits £60,000

21 January 2019

A public fund-raising effort to purchase the ‘lost’ portrait of Charles Dickens for the nation from dealership Philip Mould & Company has reached £60,000, a third of the asking price.

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Costume designs by Russian avant-garde artist come to auction in Berkshire

16 January 2019

Watercolours by artist Natalia Goncharova (1881-1962) are to be offered at Dawson’s Auctioneers of Maidenhead from the collection of the late Christopher Martin-Zakheim and his shop Iconastas Gallery.

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Local Cumbrian scene skates to £3600

21 December 2018

This seasonal watercolour of figures ice skating in the Lake District (below) sold for a mid-estimate £3600 at local Cumbria saleroom Mitchells (20% buyer’s premium) on November 28.

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Pre-Raphaelite watercolour tops sales at Art & Antiques for Everyone fair in Birmingham

03 December 2018

Among the works selling at the recent Art & Antiques for Everyone fair in Birmingham was a watercolour by John Roddam Spencer Stanhope (1829-1908).

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Art dealer and Fake or Fortune? presenter Philip Mould rediscovers Charles Dickens miniature

22 November 2018

Dealer and Fake or Fortune? presenter Philip Mould has rediscovered a portrait miniature of Charles Dickens which will now go on public display.

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Traditional art is talk of the Towne as watercolour leads 18th-19th century picture auction

05 November 2018

British watercolours and oils from the 18th and 19th centuries grabbed bidders’ attention at a recent Oxford auction, proving there is life in this traditional market given the right artists and good provenance.

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Signature of John Sell Cotman is key note to £20,000 result

15 October 2018

This watercolour bearing the signature of Norwich School artist John Sell Cotman (1782-1842) attracted a flurry of bids when it went under the hammer in Nottingham.

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Airfix artwork brings bidding at specialist toy auction house

24 September 2018

For most enthusiasts of Airfix’s plastic construction kits, it was the company’s dramatic box artwork that caught the eye when choosing the next model to make.

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Jockeys ride in at £2500

27 August 2018

This watercolour, below, by Frederic Whiting (1874-1962) took a multi-estimate £2500 at Thomson Roddick’s (15% buyer’s premium) Edinburgh saleroom on August 9.

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