19th Century British Art

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


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Top stories this week including news of a rediscovered John Constable sketch emerging at auction

10 September 2023

The most viewed stories on this website over the last week included news of a oil sketch of Willy Lott’s House by John Constable (1776-1837) being offered at Martel Maides in Guernsey.

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Rediscovered John Constable oil sketch emerges in Channel Islands auction

01 September 2023

A recently rediscovered oil sketch of Willy Lott’s House by John Constable (1776-1837) will be offered in the Channel Islands this month. Martel Maides Auctions expect it to sell for £80,000-120,000 on September 21.

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Royal Navy deck life in year of Trafalgar attracts bids at Florida auction

21 August 2023

Sailing way above expectations at Sarasota Estate Auctions in Florida was a diminutive English watercolour depicting the deck of a Royal Navy ship.

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Evelyn De Morgan goes for gold using unusual medium

21 August 2023

Trial run for a full worked-up version counts as a highly sought-after picture in its own right

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Dreaming spires and a range of other attractions

21 August 2023

When it comes to historic views of England’s university cities, bidders’ interest is not only determined by the usual factors such as the calibre of the artist and the picture’s condition.

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Auction record for Helen Allingham set in Malvern auction

07 August 2023

Thoughts that the sweet homely watercolours of Helen Allingham (1848-1926) have fallen from favour commercially may be premature, at least judging by the performance of a couple of works sold at a recent regional sale.

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Ewe beauty: naïve painting is star lot at Yorkshire auction

24 July 2023

An early 19th century naïve agricultural scene by the elusive Joseph Digby-Curtis (c.1755-1837) posted one of the highest prices for this genre of painting in the last 20 years.

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Pick of the week: Family collection of manuscripts and pictures tell story of an artist lost in sadness

24 July 2023

A poignant description of life as an artist studying at the Royal Academy in the mid-19th century emerged at auction and more than doubled its estimate.

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Racing pics in the running once again

24 July 2023

There was a time when historic racing pictures by a top name might have been priced close to six figures.

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Ben Nevis takes artist back to highs

24 July 2023

Like his father of the same name, Thomas Miles Richardson Jnr (1813-90) began his career in Newcastle but he moved to London in 1846.

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Two hundred years of the Cotmans celebrated as a single collection

10 July 2023

Family group at auction offered works by several generations including the renowned John Sell Cotman

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Caton Woodville hits new high

03 July 2023

Painting of an Indian Mutiny scene smashes the record thanks to bidding from the sub-continent

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Bidders get a second Getty chance thanks to Temple of Wings contents

03 July 2023

Three auctions follow on from the October series to offer items from the collectors’ Californian residence

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Solomon work to stay in UK after two museums step in following auction

26 June 2023

A work by Rebecca Solomon (1832-86) originally offered at Sotheby’s and later blocked from export to the US has been bought by two UK museums.

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Art Fund helps museums to buy 900 items in 2022 with £4.5m of funding

22 June 2023

The Art Fund’s latest annual review revealed it had helped support acquisitions of more than 900 objects and works of art for museums in 2022.

Enigma by John Bernard Munns

Dealers launch special celebration of portraits to honour the National Portrait Gallery

12 June 2023

Art dealers across the UK are unveiling portrait exhibitions to mark the reopening of the National Portrait Gallery (NPG) this month.

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Surprise in the saleroom as 'manner of' Old Master makes over 50 times estimate

12 June 2023

Among a number of works at the latest Old Master, British and European Art sale at Sworders (25% buyer’s premium) sparking keen interest were a couple of contrasting paintings selling well above predictions.

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Nelson portrait in ‘warts and all’ fashion generates an extraordinary bidding battle

29 May 2023

Despite being a copy by a little-known Norfolk painter, ‘authentic’ portrait makes remarkable price

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Naval artist and shipbuilder go into battle together

29 May 2023

Bonhams’ (27.5/26/20/14.5% buyer’s premium) latest Marine sale was led by an elegant depiction of a famous naval battle between British and French ships that took place towards the end of the American War of Independence.

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Alma-Tadema’s friends put on a panel show at his house

15 May 2023

Six of the 45 distinctive designs from the artist’s spectacular London villa emerge at auction

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