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How to illustrate the tale of a tail

05 September 2022

Bid to £65,000 in a Sotheby’s (25/20/13.9% buyer’s premium) sale that ran online from July 12-19 was the ink drawing by Ernest Shephard shown below.

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Sandby takes third place but four figures at auction

11 July 2022

Thomas Sandby’s (1721-98) architectural drawings are significant part of the artist’s oeuvre.

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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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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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Alfred Wainwright strides ever onward

15 March 2021

Drawings by the great fell-walking guidebook author catch the mood of escapism

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Bidders hope to hook a Guercino

08 February 2021

Label, listed provenance and technical qualities lead to a contest to land a possible big Guercino catch.

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Poignant pictures by doomed polar explorer sold in Surrey

08 February 2021

Three small sketches of polar scenes caught the attention at a recent auction held by Lawrences (20% buyer’s premium) of Bletchingley in Surrey.

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Chinese ink drawings emerge in Zurich

23 November 2020

One section of the Asian art sale at Koller in Zurich on December 3, with its own catalogue, is devoted to a private collection of Chinese ink drawings.

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Pick of the week: New peak for Wainwright as sketch of the fells climbs to £10,200 record

06 July 2020

A record price of £10,200 was paid last month for a pen and ink sketch by fell-walking legend Alfred Wainwright at 1818 Auctioneers of Milnthorpe, Cumbria.

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Cartoons by late Astérix creator Albert Uderzo to be auctioned for charity

06 May 2020

Cartoons by the late Albert Uderzo (1927-2020) will be offered by his family at a charity auction hosted by Artcurial in Paris.

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Bidders warm to frieze

23 December 2019

This Neoclassical drawing by the Swedish sculptor Johann Tobias Sergel (1740-1814) proved very popular in the opening Old Master works on paper section of the mixed-discipline traditional sale held by the Hôtel des Ventes de Monte-Carlo 25% buyer’s premium) on November 27 in Monaco.

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Pick of the week: Living up to the teapot with a punchline

16 September 2019

George du Maurier (1834-96) joined the staff at Punch magazine in 1865, drawing two ink cartoons a week until his eyesight deteriorated in 1891. His most common targets were the affected manners of Victorian society and Britain’s growing middle class in particular.

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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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Sickert strikes a Venetian portrait pose

27 August 2018

The setting for this near-monochrome self-portrait, below, by Walter Sickert (1860-1942) is the Campo SS Giovanni e Paolo in Venice and shows the equestrian statue of Bartolomeo Colleoni and the Scuola Grande di San Marco.

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Three centuries of English works on paper to draw bidders at Freeman’s latest auction

06 September 2017

A sale packed with English works on paper spanning the early 19th to early 21st centuries takes place at Freeman’s in Philadelphia on September 18.

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Cartoonist auction price shows Max effect

24 July 2017

This work above by the popular cartoonist Max Beerbohm (1872-1956) was a highlight of Mallams’ library sale on June 21.

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Children’s classics in the Vienna Secession avant garde

24 July 2017

A superb suite of the original ink and gouache drawings – one shown here – made by Carl Otto Czeschka to illustrate a 1908 edition of Die Niebelungen dem Deutschen Volke sold at $290,000 (£224,805) in a Sotheby’s New York (25/20/12.5% buyer’s premium) sale of June 6 called Important Design.

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Francis Picabia female figure sketch on offer in Madrid

08 May 2017

Francis Picabia (1879-1953) famously declared that he wanted to change his ideas “as often as one would change one’s shirt”, and he embraced many different artistic styles throughout his life.