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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Dealer labels mark a sign of approval

24 January 2022

Francis Towne watercolour was one of his many works to have gone through Agnews

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Distinctive William Wood miniatures emerge in Buckinghamshire sale

24 January 2022

Estimated at just £60-100, a pair of Georgian portrait miniatures sold online for £2900 at Amersham Auctions (17.5% buyer’s premium) on January 6.

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A Rackham wonderland at Sotheby's online auction

24 January 2022

Offered at Sotheby’s (26/20/13.9% buyer’s premium) in an online sale that ran until December 1 under the title of The Fantasy World of Arthur Rackham was a collection of 31 original ink and watercolour artworks by the artist from the collection of American photographer Shirley Carter Burden (1908-89).

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Ruskin’s Venice by Moonlight sparkles on Scarborough sale day

17 January 2022

Grand Canal sketch has provenance to artist’s student who became a renowned collector

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Manet keeps it simple

10 January 2022

Edouard Manet’s (1832-83) small-scale works have always enjoyed a keen following alongside his larger more finished paintings.

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Park's portrait of wife Peggy impresses

03 January 2022

An artist’s painting of his wife turned heads at a recent David Lay (18% buyer’s premium) auction in Penzance, selling over 10 times above estimate.

Biffin watercolour

The £9000 tribute to the talented Miss Biffin

20 December 2021

A rare work by Sarah Biffin (1784-1850), the early 19th century artist born without limbs, sold for £9000 at Sworders on December 15.

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Shooting over to the States

20 December 2021

Comet depiction is one of the highlights as UK dealers target US sales opportunity

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Down Under watercolour prices go way up

13 December 2021

Lyon & Turnbull’s (25/20% buyer’s premium) auction to disperse the contents of Lowood House may well be best remembered for the early 16th century maiolica dish which fetched a mighty £1.04m – reported on the front page of ATG No 2513.

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Company School Indian art comes of age

13 December 2021

New York dealer chooses ideal time to disperse a select group of works at dedicated auction.

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Portrait miniature buyers make Smart choices

22 November 2021

In demand at home and abroad during his lifetime, the eminent miniaturist John Smart was an international draw at a trio of sales.

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The web shop window: Paul Sandby watercolour of Windsor

22 November 2021

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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Bird artist became pottery painter after bankruptcy

15 November 2021

Sold for £16,000 in a September 23 sale was an album of 41 watercolour studies of birds produced by William Weston Young (1776-1847).

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Trafalgar hero’s coastal views

15 November 2021

Distinguished naval officer admired by Nelson was also a talented watercolour painter

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Unpublished Manet works emerge at Paris sale

08 November 2021

Pescheteau Badin will be offering two unpublished watercolours by the Impressionist Edouard Manet (1832-83) on December 15.

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Tunnicliffe taken out of a wardrobe

27 October 2021

Excellent selection of the artist’s wildlife works had been wrapped up and kept pristine.

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Asian art dealer previews: Chinnery goes large

11 October 2021

Depicting sinewy limbed bearers relaxing beside a mahannah, this work 'Palanquin Bearers at Rest' by George Chinnery (1774-1852) is considered the largest and most accomplished figure drawing of the artist’s long career.

Gaganendranath Tagore picture

Tagore ink painting brings Indian summer

13 September 2021

A mount to an ‘Indian school’ ink wash offered by Cuttlestones in Penkridge on September 2 read simply 'G Tagore'.

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Bidders show a longing for Ardizzone at Somerset sale

06 September 2021

A group of works by painter, printmaker and war artist Edward Ardizzone (1900-79) was offered at Lawrences’ latest picture sale in Crewkerne, with eight lots coming from the artist’s family.

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Auctioneer turned dealer consigns major collection of Company School pictures to Sotheby’s

02 September 2021

Billed as the first dedicated auction of its kind, Sotheby’s is offering a major group of Company School paintings from the collection of American collector and art dealer Carlton C. Rochell, Jr in London on October 27.

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