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.


Michelangelo drawing at Christies

Christie’s to offer Michelangelo drawing after French export block removed

07 April 2022

A Michelangelo (1475-1564) drawing previously declared a ‘National Treasure’ in France will be offered at Christie’s following the expiry of its export block.

Sydney Harbour Bridge

Pick of the week: First look at Sydney Harbour Bridge

04 April 2022

Cyril Arthur Farey (1888-1954) was one of the most renowned British architectural draughtsmen of the 20th century.

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Rome gallery makes Bourbon drawing sale to Hamburg museum

04 April 2022

Antonacci Lapiccirella Fine Art of Rome has sold a pencil drawing depicting Maria Luisa de Bourbon to The Hamburger Kunsthalle.

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Firm foundation for Sarah Stone

28 March 2022

Group of 18 lots sets a new level of demand and prices as recent trends drive strong interest

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Dupas depicts the joys of wine

21 March 2022

Prints, drawings, paintings and decorative arts from the 20th century will be on offer at Briscadieu in Bordeaux on April 9.

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Ulmann collection: Drawings amassed by doctor duo go under the hammer

14 March 2022

More than 1000 Old Master drawings offered in around 500 lots over two days went under the hammer of Beaussant Lefèvre (27% buyer’s premium inc VAT) at Drouot on February 10-11 when the auction firm dispersed the collection of Jacques and Colette Ulmann.

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Young at art: Meet the dealers under 30 who specialise in Old Masters

14 March 2022

Buy low, sell high: one of the most basic rules of dealing. For young dealers breaking into the Old Masters market, however, it can be a challenge, writes Frances Allitt.

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Between Poland and London: The immigrant artist who made his name in Wales

14 March 2022

An ink drawing titled 'Four Miners' is among the works featured at Thompson’s Galleries, Aldeburgh, in an exhibition on Josef Herman (1911-2000).

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Alberto Martini out of the shadows

07 March 2022

An intricately drawn self-portrait in pen and ink in which the artist likens himself to Albrecht Dürer is at the heart of a new show on Alberto Martini.

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'Masked and Shadowy': the world of Alberto Martini comes to London

01 March 2022

An intricately drawn self-portrait in pen and ink, in which the artist likens himself to Albrecht Durer is at the heart of a new show on Alberto Martini.

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Study heads up a Harold Knight selection

28 February 2022

Early works by Harold Knight (1874-1961) are not seen very often at auction but a group of six appeared at Mellors & Kirk of Nottingham at the end of last year.

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Stefanelli: from war to abstract

21 February 2022

A collection of 20 watercolours and drawings by American artist Joe Stefanelli (1921-2017) formed an intriguing part of Ewbank’s Modern picture sale.

‘Portrait of Dorette’ by Gerald Leslie Brockhurst

Artist’s ‘piercing’ portrait of young lover and future wife turns heads at Roseberys

17 February 2022

One of the highest prices for a work on paper by Gerald Leslie Brockhurst was set at South London saleroom Roseberys when a portrait of the model Kathleen Woodward, later the artist’s second wife, drew strong demand.

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Tagore shows artistic skills

17 January 2022

Rabindranath Tagore (1861-1941), the Nobel prize-winning poet, writer, composer, philosopher and social reformer, began to practise as an artist aged 60.

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Chinnery in China after fleeing Calcutta money woes

10 January 2022

The sale at Thomas R Callan (20% buyer’s premium) in Ayr on December 3-4 included a sketchbook by George Chinnery (1774-1852) dated 1838.

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Tiepolo at the double

10 January 2022

It is thought that Giovanni Battista Tiepolo (1696-1770) executed at least a hundred drawings featuring the Punchinelli, the hook-nosed, humpbacked clowns which were central to the commedia dell’arte. Jonathan Franks reports.

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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

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Shooting over to the States

20 December 2021

Comet depiction is one of the highlights as UK dealers target US sales opportunity

Laura Knight drawing

Nuremberg Trials sketch by Laura Knight in our pick of five auction highlights

17 December 2021

ATG’s weekly selection of items that caught bidders’ eyes includes a Nuremberg Trials sketch by Dame Laura Knight that doubled its estimate at Woolley & Wallis.

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President portrayed in pastel

29 November 2021

Portraits by James Sharples (1751-1811) appear to make less money than you might expect given the calibre of his sitters.

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