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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Watercolour master Cotman displays his drawing talents

28 August 2017

Fine examples of John Sell Cotman’s (1782-1842) draftsmanship appeared at separate auctions in the south of England.

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Newly discovered Venetian painting by Edward Lear languished in storage unit

14 August 2017

Found among the contents of a storage unit, a watercolour of Venice by Edward Lear (1812-88) starred in Brighton General Auctions’ (15% buyer’s premium) sale on July 28.

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Chocks away for Biggles author watercolours in Essex auction

24 July 2017

A scarce collection of watercolours by Biggles creator WE Johns (1893-1968) sold beyond expectations in Sworders’ (22% buyer’s premium) June 27 sale in Stansted Mountfitchet.

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Diamond locket given to George IV's true love shines at Christie’s auction

07 July 2017

A locket given to George IV’s true love was hammered down at £280,000 yesterday at Christie’s, more than doubling its high estimate.

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Ruff black and white work adds colour to St James’s

26 June 2017

Karen Taylor Fine Art’s exhibition of British drawings, watercolours and oils takes place from 30 June-July 7 at Illustrationcupboard Gallery in St James’s.

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Traditional ‘POP’ art: dealing duo stage show of portraits and objects from the past in Knightsbridge

19 June 2017

Forget Michael Jackson and Madonna: this summer Timothy Millett and Claudia Hill are the king and queen of pop. Taking into account, that is, the title of their upcoming exhibition, 'POP: Portraits and Objects from the Past'.

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Polar explorer art discovery made in Chelsea

30 May 2017

Watercolours by the polar explorer Apsley Cherry-Garrard (1886-1959) were discovered among thousands of works from Stanley Studios in Chelsea.

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Get wise to Edward Lear artworks at London dealer's exhibition

08 May 2017

Before the poet Edward Lear sent the owl and the pussycat out to sea in a beautiful pea green boat in his 1867 poem, he combined them in this c.1846 watercolour.

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Scarfe savages all before him with 130 works at auction

08 May 2017

More than 130 original artworks by the artist, sometimes savage political cartoonist and stage designer, Gerald Scarfe, were offered by Sotheby’s (25/20/12.5% buyer’s premium) on April 5.

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The burgeoning market for original 19th and 20th century illustrations

02 May 2017

From Arthur Rackham to Gerald Scarfe, there is a burgeoning market for original illustration art of the 19th and 20th centuries.

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William Heath Robinson and the art of illustration

02 May 2017

The name of William Heath Robinson (1872-1944) is enshrined in the Oxford English Dictionary. Definition: “Ingeniously or ridiculously over-complicated in design or construction”.

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Having a laugh down at the private London club artwork sale

24 April 2017

Nearly a quarter of the sale total at the auction held by Harry Moore-Gwyn at 25 Blythe Road (20% buyer’s premium) in West Kensington on April 5 came from a collection of original cartoons.

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Lightning strike sparks lively London bidding battle for Byron

24 April 2017

An intriguing 18th century watercolour of a tree struck by lightning fetched a multi-estimate sum at Forum Auctions’ (25/20/12% buyer’s premium) March 30 sale in London.

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Perspectives from a Grand Tour

01 April 2017

Private works on a European theme yield strong prices in Cambridgeshire sale...

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Dillon’s majestic Madeira

01 April 2017

A trio of watercolours painted by British topographical artist Frank Dillon (1823-1909) were among the highlights of Diamond Mills’ (15% buyer’s premium) March 8 sale in Felixstowe, Suffolk.

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Scarfe’s scathing satire to go under the hammer at Sotheby’s auction

09 March 2017

A rotund Boris Johnson in a polka-dot clown outfit; Barack Obama in a Superman costume getting clobbered by a giant fist; the naked figure of George Bush crouched in the grass like an ape – these are among the illustrations to come under the hammer at Sotheby’s upcoming sale of works by cartoonist Gerald Scarfe.

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Watercolour of Henry VIII’s famed lost Palace of Nonsuch saved for the nation

09 December 2016

The earliest and most detailed depiction of Henry VIII’s famed lost Palace of Nonsuch will soon be on public display after The Victoria & Albert Museum saved it for the nation.

Black Grouse by John Cyril Harrison

Ex-Quaritch dealer’s collection comes to auction at Roseberys

01 November 2016

A single-owner sale of pictures and books assembled by the late Howard Radclyffe, a former director of London dealers Quaritch, will be offered at Roseberys on November 19.

Shaykh Zayn al Din watercolour of a stork

Indian miniatures snapped up at Sotheby’s

24 October 2016

A near total sell-out greeted Sotheby’s sale of Indian miniatures from the Khosrovani-Diba collection offered as part of London’s Indian and Islamic art series.

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British views of Europe come to BADA Fair 2017 - without the politics

06 September 2016

The paintings of British watercolourist and architectural painter Samuel Prout comprise the 2017 loan exhibition for the BADA Fair.

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