Drawings & Pastels

Drawing is a type of graphic art created with lines and areas of tone applied to paper usually with pencil, charcoal and coloured pencil, but a wash may also be applied.

They frequently serve as preparatory studies for other works, but are also considered works of art in their own right. A practitioner of drawing is known as a draughtsman.

Pastels are created using a stick made of pure pigment and a binder.

A key part of the general art market, both are also specialist collecting areas in their own right.


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Burne-Jones sketches head to Delaware museum via Cambridge

17 June 2019

Two studies by Sir Edward Coley Burne-Jones for his 1868 oil Hymenaeus will soon be reunited with the finished painting.

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Pick of the week: Restituted Swiss self-portrait lights up saleroom

10 June 2019

Berlin auction house Grisebach posted an auction record for the Swiss artist Karl Stauffer-Bern (1857-91) on May 29 when it sold a self-portrait which had been recently restituted to the family of its original Jewish owners.

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Burne-Jones bares his soul in heartfelt letters offered at Cheffins' auction

03 June 2019

Tender letters from artist Sir Edward Coley Burne-Jones to the daughter of his patron reveal the “emotional support” he craved.

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Singapore merchant's portrait is centre of attention at West Sussex auction

03 June 2019

This pastel portrait of a Singaporean merchant by Percy Carpenter (1820-95) is believed to have broken a 30-year auction record for the artist.

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London gallery showcases rediscovered drawings that record an Italian journey in 1817

20 May 2019

A collection of rediscovered drawings by the 19th century artist Elizabeth Frances Batty (1791-1875) feature at Bloomsbury gallery Abbott and Holder this month.

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Eyewitness view captures last action of the Indian Mutiny

20 May 2019

Painted by Lt Gen Henry Hope Crealock (1831-91), this 6ft 8in (2m) wide pen and ink drawing is an eyewitness account of The Action of Bareilly – the battle of the last stronghold of Indian independence in 1858.

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Six places to see and buy art in London this weekend

17 May 2019

This weekend London plays host to two major photography fairs, a new drawing fair and several gallery exhibitions.

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New drawings fair shows its sense of style

13 May 2019

An exhibition of works by René Gruau (1909-2004), whose illustrations helped to reinvigorate the Parisian fashion industry after the Second World War, features on the stand of Galerie Alexis Pentcheff at the inaugural 'Draw Art Fair London'.

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Book dealer Bryars starts new chapter as a model

06 May 2019

A portrait of rare books dealer Tim Bryars of Bryars & Bryars features in the Royal Society of Portrait Painters’ Annual Exhibition.

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Hand of Raphael suspected in Italian Renaissance work

19 April 2019

A drawing offered at a Paris auction with an attribution to Italian Renaissance painter Giovanni Francesco Penni (1488-1528) was hammered down at €1.13m (£980,000).

Lucas van Leyden

Search for UK buyer to pay £11.5m for Old Master drawing blocked from export

19 April 2019

A sketch by Dutch artist Lucas van Leyden (1494-1533) has been temporarily blocked from export in the hope of finding a UK buyer.

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Paris Drawings Week provides range of prices

19 April 2019

Drawings Week in the French capital included a wide variety of styles, eras and value. Pictured here is a selection of highlights and some more affordable items from the vast array of works on paper of all types offered during Drawings Week in Paris in late March.

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‘More affordable’ options at Paris Drawings Week

19 April 2019

Not everything in the spring drawings sales required a six-figure bank balance to purchase. Plenty of more affordable works appeared across all the Paris rooms – both Drouot and the independents (and, of course, in the various dealers shows and fairs). Pictured here are some works within the reach of less elevated budgets.

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Pail Nash battle scene at Frieze New York

19 April 2019

'Battlefield' is among the works Piano Nobile includes in an exhibition of Paul Nash paintings at Frieze New York.

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5 Questions: Stephen Ongpin

19 April 2019

Stephen Ongpin deals in drawings and watercolours from the 16th-20th centuries in London, St James’s.

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Summer of Moore: exhibitions and events celebrating sculptor Henry Moore

16 April 2019

Henry Moore (1898-1986) fans are spoilt for choice this summer with exhibitions and events across the UK.

Delacoix

Delacroix’s London sketchbooks to go on display at the Louvre after auction

11 April 2019

Sketchbooks owned by Eugène Delacroix (1798-1863) featuring views of London have been bought by the Louvre Museum for €314,000 (£268,375).

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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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Eyewitness sketches of the Indian Mutiny emerge at Olympia Auctions

08 April 2019

A 2m (6ft 7in) pen and ink drawing, estimated at £5000-7000 in Olympia Auctions on April 17 in west London, forms an intriguing eyewitness view of the final moments of the Indian Mutiny.

Baccio Bandinelli

Auctions in Drawings Week

18 March 2019

The independent salerooms and those operating from the Drouot auction centre in Paris provide an important part of the city's Drawings Week.

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