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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Nine different ways to bid for a Bateman

14 May 2018

What is your bidding technique? This Bateman cartoon on offer at John Nicholson’s on May 23 should strike a chord with ATG readers who remember the days before bidding paddles.

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World away from Lowry matchsticks

30 April 2018

Early works painted before an artist has adopted their signature style can make for intriguing viewing – especially if that artist is widely known.

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Multiple faces of the pastel portrait

23 April 2018

In this second part of ATG’s review of the various events held during Paris drawings week, we turn the spotlight onto one particular medium: the pastel portrait.

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Drawings week expands further

16 April 2018

Increasing number of auctions and shows around the Salon make Paris a must in March.

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5 Questions: Guy Peppiatt

02 April 2018

Guy Peppiatt specialises in 18th and 19th century British watercolours and drawings and is based in Mason’s Yard, St James’s.

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Early LS Lowry drawings emerge at Kent auction

29 March 2018

A cache of early LS Lowry (1887-1976) drawings from a deceased estate in Cheshire is estimated to sell for a combined £150,000 at Bentleys Fine Art Auctioneers in Cranbrook, Kent.

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Buyers pack the aisles at Salon du Dessin opening

23 March 2018

The Salon du Dessin opened this week for its 27th edition at the Palais Brongniart in the Bourse district of Paris. There was the usual mix of languages at this international event that draws collectors, dealers and curators to Paris from far afield to see what new discoveries the 39 exhibitors have bought to the specialist works on paper fair.

Peter Brookes pen ink and watercolour

Cartoon collection of Jeffrey Archer – aka ‘Creepycrawlus Irritatus’ – makes £570,000 at Sotheby’s

16 March 2018

Jeffrey Archer’s collection of political cartoons raised a total of £571,318 (including premium) at Sotheby’s as 240 original artworks went under the hammer this week.

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Hessel collection among highlights at Christie’s

12 March 2018

Christie’s has two dedicated drawings sales, one devoted to Old Master and 19th century works on March 21, the other to modern works on paper on March 22.

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Exhibitor highlights at the Salon du Dessin

12 March 2018

The roster of exhibitor names at the Salon du Dessin underscores the international standing of this specialist event. Although it is organised by a committee of Paris dealers, more than half the participants come from overseas.

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Sotheby’s Adrien collection includes big-name drawings

12 March 2018

Sotheby’s has something special to offer for the Paris drawings fest – a single-owner collection formed by a dedicated couple that, say the auctioneers, is the fruit of a life dedicated to a passion for painting and drawings.

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Wide range of drawings feature at Drouot sales

12 March 2018

There is, of course, no shortage of works on paper to be found on sale at the Drouot auction centre either in the form of dedicated auctions or as sections within mixed-discipline sales.

Drawn to Paris attractions as wide range of exhibitions and auctions coincide with Salon du Dessin

12 March 2018

It is time to celebrate the art of works on paper in Paris. Centred around the 27-year-old specialist fair, the Salon du Dessin, held from March 21-26, will be a whole roster of auctions, fairs, dealers’ selling shows and events in the city’s museums and institutions.

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Paris drawings auctions: French 17th century works take centre stage

12 March 2018

Artcurial has a large number of works on paper as part of its March 21 auction of Old Master and 19th century paintings and drawings at its Paris rooms, accounting for around 40% of the 195 lots.

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Works on paper loaned to Ashmolean museum sold at Oxford auction – 5 highlights from the sale

05 March 2018

A group of Old Master and traditional British etchings, drawings and watercolours, previously on loan to the Ashmolean museum, drew keen interest at Mallams in Oxford this week.

Claude Lorrain drawing

6 highlights from New York’s Old Master series – including star lots from the Barnet collection of drawings

08 February 2018

Now billed as ‘Master’ week, as opposed to ‘Old Master’ week, the traditional winter auction series in New York posted a solid performance whatever its title.

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Still-lifes and heroes: the Works on Paper Fair has third edition at Royal Geographical Society

07 February 2018

The Works on Paper Fair ended its third run at the Royal Geographical Society on Sunday.

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Pick of the Week: Samuel Palmer view of Shoreham picks up a record

05 February 2018

The most eye-catching price at the latest series of Old Master and 19th century art sales in New York came at Sotheby’s separately staged auction of drawings from the collection of the late Howard and Saretta Barnet.

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Greengrass now a Grosvenor School star

05 February 2018

Works on paper, not oil paintings, stole the show at Lawrences (22% buyer’s premium) of Crewkerne.

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Sir Philip the spaniel shows his sale bite

29 January 2018

A pastel portrait of a fashionable young Georgian woman in an ostrich feather hat and blue coat with her dog topped the picture section at Lincolnshire saleroom Golding Young & Mawer (20% buyer’s premium).

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