Watercolours

A painting method that employs pigment suspended in a water-based solution, usually applied onto paper.

Though its earliest origins are thought to be prehistoric, its history is usually dated from the Renaissance, when it was used by artists such as Albrecht Durer.

While it may be used as for the creation of preparatory studies, it is also an art form in its own right, and is a technique used for botanical illustration, wildlife illustration and topographical painting as well as traditional genres, particularly landscape.


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Watercolours: The picturesque appeals but reality bites

05 December 2022

British watercolours are reliant not just on subject matter but also on market freshness, condition and a good pitch

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Baer necessities held back from the main Essex sale

05 December 2022

While the main paintings from the collection of dealer Sir Jack Baer and his wife Diana were sold at Sworders (25% buyer’s premium) at the end of September (see ATG No 2564), a group of around 50 works on paper were held back and offered at the Stansted Mountfitchet saleroom’s latest Homes and Interiors online auction.

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Why provenance is so important when it comes to de Wint

05 December 2022

A group of five watercolours by Peter de Wint (1784-1849) that were previously kept at a Grade II-listed Oxfordshire country house caught the eye at a recent sale.

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Bidders wide awake to the opportunity to own a Richmond

05 December 2022

A small watercolour titled A Sleeping Wayfarer by George Richmond (1809-96) roused a few bidders into action when it was offered at auction.

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A £24,000 bid leads the Lionel Edwards hunt

28 November 2022

Among a number of sporting pictures generating decent interest at recent sales, this autumn Cheffins (24.5% buyer’s premium) posted the highest auction price for the hunting specialist Lionel Edwards (1878-1966) in over 12 years.

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Georghiou watercolour emerges at Chiswick Auctions

28 November 2022

George Pol Georghiou (1901-72) is a well-known name in his native Cyprus where his work can be found in many public collections.

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Picture specialist hails ‘very encouraging’ multi-estimate prices for old-school landscapes

21 November 2022

A clutch of good-quality traditional landscapes exceeded hopes at Exeter saleroom Bearnes Hampton & Littlewood (25% buyer’s premium).

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Racehorse miniatures from museum founder come to Yorkshire auction

14 November 2022

Two miniatures of Derby winners belonging to John Bowes (1811-85), founder of the Bowes Museum in Barnard Castle, come for sale at Elstob & Elstob’s Ripon saleroom on November 30.

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Goodwin buyer ahead of the game

14 November 2022

Tory politician acquired the artist’s watercolours before London dealer raised the profile

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Portrait miniatures: Hammer highlights and previews from auctions and dealers

07 November 2022

A round up of portrait miniatures appearing at auction and offered by dealers.

Portrait miniatures

Portrait miniatures: It’s a small world

07 November 2022

Despite being buffeted by the vagaries of fashion and now the modern crusade against antique ivory, portrait miniatures have managed to keep a keen collecting base.

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Portrait miniatures collecting can start small

07 November 2022

How can an enthusiast create a museum-quality collection without vast sums of money?

Bryony Cohen

An inspirational guide by Bryony Cohen

07 November 2022

“I couldn’t have started collecting without the help and guidance of Robert Bayne-Powell (1910-94).

Portrait miniatures

Portrait miniatures: a brief guide

07 November 2022

When collecting portrait miniatures it is important to know what materials have been used.

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Portrait miniatures: The ‘indomitable spirit’ of Sarah Biffin

07 November 2022

The market presence of Sarah Biffin (1784-1850), a portrait miniaturist born without hands, arms and legs, has been rising over the past few years.

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5 Questions: Duncan Phillips

31 October 2022

As well as working in marketing for various major fairs and dealers, Duncan Phillips of Somerset deals in his own right, specialising in 19th and 20th century watercolours and studio ceramics

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Three to look out for from Fine Art Society

17 October 2022

Studio potter Waistel Cooper (1921-2003) is back in the spotlight at The Fine Art Society and leads a busy autumn programme at the gallery.

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Benois steps up in the saleroom

10 October 2022

A couple of ballet-related lots danced away for high prices over the summer.

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Master of tempera Southall tempts with watercolours too

03 October 2022

A leading member of the Birmingham Group and closely associated with the Arts & Crafts movement, Joseph Southall (1861-1944) is probably best known for tempera painting – the painstaking medieval technique he helped revive.

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Fruits of artists’ labours

26 September 2022

Karen Taylor stages Pomegranates and papaya: 19 watercolours of fruit and vegetables online.

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