Oil, Acrylic paintings & Mixed Media

Paintings are usually referred to in terms of the medium used. Oils on canvas or board remain the most commonly seen works on the market but many modern artists have favoured acrylics or combinations of different paints.


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King Louis XV portrait copies became lucrative

09 October 2023

The French portrait painter Jean Baptiste van Loo (1684-1745) received numerous commissions from European royal families and aristocrats.

Willy Lott’s House by John Constable

John Constable sketch of Willy Lott’s House makes £200,000 in Guernsey

30 September 2023

A recently rediscovered oil sketch by John Constable (1776-1837) drew interest with eight telephone lines booked at Martel Maides (20% buyer’s premium) in St Peter Port, Guernsey on September 21.

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Gainsborough sketch on offer in Pennsylvania

25 September 2023

The Americana & International sale at Pook & Pook in Downingtown, Pennsylvania, on October 5-6 includes a collection of art from a Delaware estate.

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Making hay while the sun shines: work from a Staithes Group collection

25 September 2023

A dedicated sale of 117 lots from the collection of the late Teesside art dealers and Staithes Group specialists Tom and Rosamund Jordan was held this summer at Tennants (24% buyer’s premium) in North Yorkshire.

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Ching kingfishers catch bids

09 September 2023

Since the 1960s, birds have been the main subject matter of New Zealand artist Raymond Ching (b.1939).

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The web shop window: naïve 19th century zodiac paintings

04 September 2023

Thousands of items are available to buy from dealers online. Here we pick out one that caught our eye this week.

John Constable painting

Rediscovered John Constable oil sketch emerges in Channel Islands auction

01 September 2023

A recently rediscovered oil sketch of Willy Lott’s House by John Constable (1776-1837) will be offered in the Channel Islands this month. Martel Maides Auctions expect it to sell for £80,000-120,000 on September 21.

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If at first you don’t succeed, try a new estimate

28 August 2023

What’s best to do with unsold lots… offer them again at half the price guide perhaps?

Sir Oswald Birley portrait

Paintings from Sir Oswald Birley’s manor house to go under the hammer at Cheffins

24 August 2023

A group of 23 works by Sir Oswald Birley and his wife Lady Rhoda Birley which were previously part of their personal collection at their Sussex home will be offered for sale at Cheffins in Cambridge on September 20.

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Dreaming spires and a range of other attractions

21 August 2023

When it comes to historic views of England’s university cities, bidders’ interest is not only determined by the usual factors such as the calibre of the artist and the picture’s condition.

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ATG letter: Mystery painting – field of red flowers

21 August 2023

I wondered whether any of your readers can help with this painting, an oil on canvas with signature.

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Artist identified? That’s Joli good

24 July 2023

Previously unrecorded view by the Italian scenic painter now joins six others of Naples already known

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Two hundred years of the Cotmans celebrated as a single collection

10 July 2023

Family group at auction offered works by several generations including the renowned John Sell Cotman

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Famous Georgian beauty depicted on numerous occasions emerges again

03 July 2023

Signed and dated 'T Beach Pinxt 1793', this portrait depicts the famous Georgian beauty Anne Templar, Lady de la Pole (1758-1832).

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Venetian veduta with a whiff of Bison

19 June 2023

This classic example of Venetian vedute was taken to a multi-estimate £34,000 at Gardiner Houlgate (22% buyer’s premium) in Corsham.

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Private bidders go sleeper spotting

12 June 2023

Dealers are now facing more competition from collectors as works estimated in the hundreds of pounds range are taken to four-figure prices

Nuremberg School panel

Stolen 15th century altar panel returned to York museum after 43 years

06 June 2023

A 15th century double-sided painted panel stolen from York Art Gallery in 1979 has been returned after it re-emerged at a Dorset auction.

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Take a detailed look at Duncan Grant

05 June 2023

Recent results for the Bloomsbury Group artist show how his prolific output creates a wide price range

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Faun fleshes out the Philpot story

05 June 2023

A couple of works by leading names in the Modern British art market helped Dreweatts (26/25/20/12.5% buyer’s premium) post a total of over £1m (including premium) at its early spring Modern and Contemporary Art auction.

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Chequers view was painted for the Iron Lady

05 June 2023

On Saturday 17 April, 1982, the artist Jonathan Warrender (b.1954) found himself in the back of a Bentley whirling through country lanes towards Chequers.

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