Latest News Articles by Alex Capon
Dealer labels mark a sign of approval24 January 2022
Francis Towne watercolour was one of his many works to have gone through Agnews
Large George Bissill group provides mine of information24 January 2022
A significant collection of works by George Bissill (1896-1973), the Derbyshire miner who enjoyed some fleeting success as an artist in the 1920s-30s but who later died largely forgotten, emerged recently at Mallams (25% buyer’s premium) in Oxford.
Strachey self-portrait underlines often overlooked talent17 January 2022
Despite his famous name, the artist Henry Strachey (1863-1940) has never had much prominence at auction, with only around a dozen works having emerged.
17th century Dutch print of a beached whale emerges at Surrey auction17 January 2022
In 1602 the Dutch painter and printmaker Jan Saenredam made an engraving of a whale that had been washed ashore near the town of Beverwijk.
Ruskin’s Venice by Moonlight sparkles on Scarborough sale day17 January 2022
Grand Canal sketch has provenance to artist’s student who became a renowned collector
Knife birds bronze takes McCrum a cut above in the market10 January 2022
Modern British sculptures were the main attraction at Wotton Auction Rooms’ (18% buyer’s premium) recent sale at Stouts Hill Manor.
Knight and Bomberg as war artists03 January 2022
In 1946 the artist Laura Knight (1877-1970) was commissioned by the War Artists’ Advisory Committee to create a painting of the Nuremberg Trials.
Park's portrait of wife Peggy impresses03 January 2022
An artist’s painting of his wife turned heads at a recent David Lay (18% buyer’s premium) auction in Penzance, selling over 10 times above estimate.
William Roberts work rings tubular bells03 January 2022
Trademark colourful picture features people depicted with a distinctive style of limbs.
Five top paintings sold at auctions outside London this year28 December 2021
Despite the lockdowns, the last 12 months has been a busy time for the art market with plenty of activity witnessed around the country. Here we pick out five of the top picture results at auctions outside London in 2021.
Banksy prints bowl up at auction20 December 2021
Two Banksy prints donated to charity set high prices for their respective individual editions at a Bristol auction.
Bratbys on offer bought direct from the artist20 December 2021
Two works by ‘kitchen sink’ realist John Bratby (1928-92) were offered in the latest picture sale at Olympia Auctions (25% buyer’s premium).
Tantalising sketch gives glimpse ‘of a young Francis Bacon’20 December 2021
Shepeard collection includes a drawing thought to be an unrecorded portrait of the artist
Art rarity: the trade outbids private buyers20 December 2021
A sight increasingly uncommon at auction – the trade outbidding private buyers on key lots of Modern art – occurred a number of times at Sworders’ (25% buyer’s premium) latest sale in this category.
Signed by artist or patron?13 December 2021
Among a number of Indian miniatures causing a stir at London sales this autumn was a painting of a camel and its rider.
Down Under watercolour prices go way up13 December 2021
Lyon & Turnbull’s (25/20% buyer’s premium) auction to disperse the contents of Lowood House may well be best remembered for the early 16th century maiolica dish which fetched a mighty £1.04m – reported on the front page of ATG No 2513.
Company School Indian art comes of age13 December 2021
New York dealer chooses ideal time to disperse a select group of works at dedicated auction.
Getty Museum buys an ‘Elgin marble’ – but not a Greek one09 December 2021
The J. Paul Getty Museum in Los Angles has acquired an early first-century marble bust of the Roman general Germanicus, the adopted son of the Emperor Tiberius and father of Caligula.
Major jewellery theft from Partridge saleroom06 December 2021
Police are appealing for information following a theft of more than 400 pieces of jewellery, coins and watches from Adam Partridge Auctioneers.
Jagger portrait captures wartime fortitude06 December 2021
Ever since the auction record for David Jagger (1891-1958) was more than doubled six years ago by the striking portrait The Conscientious Objector, works by the elusive artist have been a highly valuable proposition.