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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Ink Asia offers artwork food for thought

30 September 2019

'Le vol de pensée' (2010), shown right, is offered for $25,000 at Ink Asia on the stand of Singapore gallery iPreciation. The framed ink-on-paper composition, 2ft 7in x 2ft 2in (79 x 65cm), is by Gao Xingjian, a Chinese-born artist working in France.

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‘Brother in brush’ art gains global following

30 September 2019

This 21 x 15in (54 x 39cm) watercolour, below, probably depicting the New Julfa quarter of Isfahan, is by the Armenian-Iranian painter Sumbat Kiureghian (1913- 99).

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The web shop window: a watercolour of soldiers by Claud Lovat Fraser

16 September 2019

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

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Jacobites retain their devoted following at annual auction

09 September 2019

More reliable today than they ever were in their lifetime, the male line of the Stuarts attracted the familiar devoted following at the annual Scottish Silver & Applied Arts sale at Lyon & Turnbull (25% buyer’s premium).

Turf Stacks in Connemara by Paul Henry

“A little landscape dad bought on his travels” – works from the Strachan art collection offered at Melbourne auction

21 August 2019

Among the pictures from a notable Australian art collection that have emerged at Melbourne saleroom Leonard Joel is a small landscape with turf stacks by Irish artist Paul Henry (1877-1958).

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Fresh ‘Constable sketch’ emerges from Holland Park home

12 August 2019

A sketch attributed to John Constable (1776-1837) uncovered in a Holland Park home is to be offered at auction in Maidenhead – the latest in a string of Constable sketch discoveries.

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The web shop window: Portrait miniature by William Wood

12 August 2019

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

Venice watercolour by William Wyld

Rare watercolour of Venice brought into charity shop sells for £2400 at Somerset auction

01 August 2019

One consequence of the growing prevalence of charity shops on the high street is that auctioneers are receiving more and more items that these organisations want to check in case they are valuable.

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Charles Dickens 'lost portrait' saved for the nation

23 July 2019

A fundraising campaign has helped save a portrait of Charles Dickens (1812-70) rediscovered by dealer Philip Mould.

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Pick of the week: A woman’s first-hand view of the Cape

15 July 2019

Two previously unpublished watercolours painted by Lady Anne Barnard (1750-1825) during her momentous visit to the Cape of Good Hope emerged for sale at Stephan Welz & Co in South Africa earlier this month. They came for sale from the descendants of Lady Anne who had owned them since 1966.

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Glyn Philpot watercolour makes a fur result

01 July 2019

Tentatively guided at £200-400, this watercolour of an unknown sitter below attributed to the painter and sculptor Glyn Philpot (1884-1937) attracted multiple bids in Cardiff.

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Ministers block export of 18th century watercolour by “genius” landscape artist

29 June 2019

An 18th century watercolour by the artist who John Constable described as a genius has been barred from export in the hope a UK buyer can be found.

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Bone on Boney at miniature show

17 June 2019

An 1817 miniature of Napoleon by British painter Henry Bone (1755-1834) is among the highlights at Ellison Fine Art’s exhibition of portrait miniatures this month.

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Andrew Newell Wyeth watercolour causes a clammer at auction

10 June 2019

Andrew Newell Wyeth (1917-2009), one of America’s best-known artists of the mid-20th century, focused on provincial landscapes and the people in them.

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5 Questions: Nicky Gould

10 June 2019

Nicky Gould of Gould Antiques offers a range of small items including portrait miniatures, perfume bottles and various objects of vertu from the 16th-20th centuries. She next exhibits at Olympia.

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Prince Charles original watercolour attracts attention at sale of Harold Wilson collection

03 June 2019

A rare opportunity to own a watercolour by Prince Charles (b.1948) presented itself when items belonging to the former British Prime Minister Harold Wilson and his wife Mary were put up for sale at Hansons (20% buyer’s premium).

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Rowlandson's racehorse auction scene sells bid to £22,000 in Gloucestershire

03 June 2019

A watercolour of a thoroughbred racehorse auction appeared at Chorley’s (20% buyer’s premium) of Prinknash Abbey Park, Gloucestershire, on May 21 – 123 years to the day since it had itself last sold at auction.

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Five places to see and buy art in London next week including a Cedric Morris flower exhibition in Mayfair

24 May 2019

A look at the top quality works on view at commercial galleries and major institutions in the run-up to London’s busy summer schedule of art fairs and events.

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John Singer Sargent later watercolours raise a combined $220,000 at Boston sale

20 May 2019

The American artist John Singer Sargent (1856-1925) is best known for the high-society ‘swagger’ portraits that had earned him fame and fortune, but the watercolours he produced in greater number are more commonly available at auction.

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Watercolour by John Nixon shows changing face of London

20 May 2019

A watercolour by John Nixon (1755-1818) showing St Paul’s Cathedral and the City of London from Regent’s Park in the early days of the land’s development is offered at Guy Peppiatt Fine Art for £6500.

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