19th Century British Art

This sector includes Romantic painting, Victorian art, British Orientalism and Pre-Raphaelite art.


The Last Sight of Fiammetta

‘Unknown’ Stillman is now an artist on the rise after auction success

26 September 2022

Although largely still an unknown outside the Victorian art world, the second-generation Pre-Raphaelite painter Marie Spartali Stillman (1844-1927) was a cherished member of the circle as model, muse, student and ultimately colleague.

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Art Market: Isabel Goldsmith gems come to market

05 September 2022

Notable examples of Victorian art sell at Christie's as renowned collector downsizes

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Langley ladies ponder a quiet life in Newlyn

05 September 2022

Pictures of old women from the fishing community of Newlyn are among the most prevalent works by Walter Langley (1852-1922).

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Private buyer picks up a Pelican at auction

29 August 2022

Marks painting was also one of the highlights at auction where La Thangue sold at six figures

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Young sitters stand out despite lack of identification

29 August 2022

Among the lots catching bidders’ eyes in the last few months were a number of intriguing portraits that came up at sales in south-west England.

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Portrait could be of US author Sedgwick

29 August 2022

A small portrait of a woman that was pitched at £100-150 drew a bidding battle that carried it over 10 times estimate.

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Frame and fortunate: a test case in Surrey sale

08 August 2022

Can an original frame make all the difference to price? A recent Surrey auction provided an interesting test.

Fernand Khnopff drawing

Khnopff’s Medusa sketch tops sale of works from Isabel Goldsmith collection at Christie’s

27 July 2022

A small work on paper by the symbolist Fernand Khnopff (1858-1921) led a selection of works from the Isabel Goldsmith collection offered at Christie’s.

In a Ligurian Garden

La Thangue rediscovery bears fruit at auction

25 July 2022

In a Ligurian Garden, a previously missing exhibition work by the British Impressionist Henry Herbert La Thangue (1859-1929), sold for £180,000 (plus buyer’s premium) in the British, European and Sporting Art Sale at Tennants in Leyburn.

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De László mixes with high society

18 July 2022

Glamorous portraits of wealthy women such as Lady Northcliffe command the highest prices

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Mitchell’s Maryport to go on display at maritime museum

18 July 2022

One of the most notable harbour scenes ever to emerge by the Victorian artist William Mitchell (1823-1900) of Maryport was among the lots bringing interest at a recent Mitchells sale.

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The web shop window: a 19th century portrait of a smuggler

11 July 2022

Thousands of items are available to buy from dealers online. Here we pick out one that caught our eye this week.

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Keith Vaughan works on the crest of a wave

11 July 2022

Among the 20th century works on paper generating demand at regional sales in the last few months was a Keith Vaughan (1912-77) study of a group of bathers.

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Indian art showcase becomes Bonhams' latest cross-departmental auction

04 July 2022

The latest themed sale at Bonhams (27.5/25/20/14.5% buyer’s premium) was an auction titled India in Art, offering a mix of pictures and objects relating to the subcontinent.

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Was this the work of Wilkie?

04 July 2022

A study of a figure wearing a robe and turban drew a fierce bidding battle at Eldreds (25% buyer’s premium) in Plymouth at the end of last month.

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Museums make 300 new purchases thanks to Art Fund

27 June 2022

Close to 300 objects and works of art found permanent homes in UK museums and galleries thanks to contributions from the Art Fund charity, a new report reveals.

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Capital letters: ‘It’s all happening here and it’s fun to be part of it’

27 June 2022

Don’t forget to visit London’s shops and galleries when in town for the multi-dealer events

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Grand Tourists who got serious

20 June 2022

The term ‘Grand Tour picture’ is somewhat amorphous. It is mostly used to refer to 18th century and 19th century works purchased by wealthy young gentleman on their travels around Europe, particularly in Italy, as they ‘completed’ their education.

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Lesser names become estimate-busters in Somerset sale

20 June 2022

Strong prices do not always have to be seven, six or even five figure sums.

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Fitzgerald: it’s a family affair

20 June 2022

A group of 39 lots at Dreweatts’ latest Old Master, British and European Art sale on May 26 came from a descendant of the artist John Anster Fitzgerald (1832-1906).

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