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Pick of the Week: Rediscovered Nelson portrait surfaces at sale

11 November 2019

A hitherto unknown portrait of Nelson sold for three times the top estimate at the Charles Miller (24% buyer’s premium) auction on November 5.

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Rare Dante Gabriel Rossetti drawings of a father and son emerge at Oxford auction

18 October 2019

Two crayon portraits of a father and son by Dante Gabriel Rossetti (1828-82) have emerged for sale at Mallams of Oxford. They date from the last decade of the artist’s life and depict his doctor Thomas Gordon Hake and the latter’s son George Gordon Hake.

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Louvre buys sketches showing Napoleon’s seizure of art during Prussian campaign

08 October 2019

A group of drawings and a sketchbook compiled by an artist assigned to Napoleon’s campaigns in Prussia and Poland in 1806-7 has been secured by the Louvre at a Toulouse auction.

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Kelly now enjoying the Lakes limelight

23 September 2019

The prolific artist Percy Kelly (1918-93) was averse to the limelight and only a few of his paintings were shown publicly during his life. But a major retrospective at the Tullie House gallery Carlisle in 2015 and a birth centenary last year has helped raise the Cumbrian artist’s profile.

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Draw Art Fair sold to duo behind British Art Fair and Fair for Saatchi

17 September 2019

Robert and Johnny Sandelson, owners of British Art Fair and FairforSaatchi, have bought London’s Draw Art Fair.

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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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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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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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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.

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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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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.

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Five features of Forum Auctions’ upcoming two-day sale

22 January 2019

South London’s Forum Auctions will hold its latest sales in its usual venue of The Westbury Hotel in central London with highlights including a Lowry pencil on paper and a rare lithographic poster for the legendary ocean liner SS Normandie.

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Lucas van Leyden drawing from Rugby School’s historic collection leads Old Master auction series in London

07 December 2018

The highlight of the latest series of Old Master auctions in London was not a painting this time round but a rare work on paper by an enigmatic draughtsman.

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Record set for Sir Quentin Blake illustration as 40-year collection sells at auction

13 July 2018

Watercolours and drawings from the personal collection of artist Sir Quentin Blake (b. 1932) have been sold at Christie’s for over £750,000.

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Poignant wartime sketches by Artists Rifles member who was killed at Passchendaele

09 July 2018

It has been described as perhaps the most curious regiment in the British Army, but the well-known names associated with the Artists Rifles were certainly not obscure.

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Henry Moore’s hands grip bidders in Glasgow

02 July 2018

Like many artists, hands held a strong fascination for British sculptor Henry Moore (1898-1986), and he came back to the subject numerous times in his career.

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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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What is Atlee up to? Maggs Bros book dealers offer reward to solve Punch cartoon mystery

26 January 2018

London rare books and manuscripts dealer Maggs Bros is offering a small reward to anyone who can help solve a mystery contained in a cartoon of Winston Churchill.