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Death of a Roman General, 2ft 2in x 3ft 6in (65cm x 1.05m), is by the Italian painter Nicola de Laurentiis (1783-1832) who studied under Vincenzo Camuccini in Rome. Best known for these neoclassical scenes, his patrons included the kings of Naples.

Pictured top, it has an estimate of £4000-6000 at Chiswick Auctions’ online sale of Old Master paintings, drawings and prints that runs from July 1-14.



Oil of north Italian fruit pickers by Henry Herbert La Thangue - estimate £70,000-100,000 at Tennants.

The British, European and Sporting Art sale at Tennants in Leyburn on July 16 includes this oil of north Italian fruit pickers by Henry Herbert La Thangue (1859-1929). In a Ligurian Garden, signed and inscribed to original artist’s label verso, was exhibited at the Royal Academy in 1908.

Estimate £70,000- 100,000.



Old Covent Garden Market watercolour by George Sidney Shepherd priced at £35,000 by Guy Peppiatt.

Guy Peppiatt features this watercolour by George Sidney Shepherd (1784- 1862) in his summer catalogue for London Art Week. It depicts Old Covent Garden Market, London, before the rebuilding of the central piazza in 1830, and is priced at £35,000.



Pencil on paper drawing of a hand, a preparatory sketch for the 1891 painting Le Messie Courrières by Virginie Demont-Breton - priced at £8750 at Colnaghi Elliott.

This pencil on paper drawing of a hand was a preparatory sketch for the 1891 painting Le Messie Courrières by Virginie Demont-Breton (1859-1935). The president of the Union of Women Painters and Sculptors from 1895- 1901, she campaigned to open the Ecole des Beaux-Arts to women – a goal achieved in 1897.

It is one of several works by woman artists that form part of an exhibition of Works on Paper 1800-1950 at Colnaghi Elliott during London Art Week and is priced at £8750.

Colnaghi Elliott Master Drawings is a new collaboration between the art dealership Colnaghi and works on paper specialist Elliott Fine Art. The partnership will undertake two drawings shows a year, in London and New York, showing diverse artists from across the centuries.



British provincial school oil on board depicting Otago Harbour, New Zealand, c.1860- estimate £500-800 at Cheffins.

This British provincial school oil on board, which has a guide of £500-800 at Cheffins in Cambridge on June 22-23, depicts Otago Harbour, New Zealand, c.1860. Painted from Port Chalmers (founded in 1844 and named after Dr Thomas Chalmers of the Free Church of Scotland), it includes the paddle steamer that ran to Dunedin twice daily.

The first organised European settlers who moored off Port Chalmers arrived on the John Wickliffe in March 1848. Today, Port Chalmers is the main deep-water port for the city of Dunedin, which lies at the head of the harbour.



The Guarded Flame by Henry Ryland – estimate £20,000-30,000 at Christie’s.

Isabel Goldsmith, a key post-war collector of Victorian art, is to sell elements of her collection during Christie’s Classic Week. Representing over 40 years of collecting, the Isabel Goldsmith Collection: Selected Pre-Raphaelite and Symbolist Art will be offered online in 87 lots on July 14, with a combined estimate of over £1m.

The Guarded Flame by Henry Ryland (1856-1924), worked in pencil, watercolour and bodycolour heightened with gum Arabic, is guided at £20,000-30,000.

Exhibited at the New Gallery’s Summer Exhibition in 1908, this work was created in Ryland’s later life and is an example of his distinctive and polished neoclassical style. Depictions of moral quandaries had long interested Ryland. The woman in this picture looks for religious guidance as she battles against desire in her pursuit to remain pure and chaste.



One of the finest surviving works by the Dutch Golden Age painter Adam van Breen - estimate £400,000-600,000 at Sotheby’s.

The Old Masters sale at Sotheby’s on July 6 includes this, one of the finest surviving works by the Dutch Golden Age painter Adam van Breen (1590-1645). The winter scene has remained in the same location (Swinton Park, Yorkshire) since the end of the 18th century and never appeared on the open market before.

Adam van Breen, described as ‘a young man from Amsterdam’ in a document recording his marriage in 1611, was one of the earliest pioneers of the ‘winter landscape’ genre. However, this painting is a seemingly unique composition within Van Breen’s otherwise repetitive oeuvre encapsulating the full scope of life on the ice in 17th century Holland from the aristocrats in a horse drawn sled to working men taking a break to play the Dutch stick and ball game of kolf.

Estimate £400,000-600,000.



Watercolour of Hampton Court by JMW Turner - estimate £500,000-800,000 at Christie’s.

Christie’s Old Master evening sale on July 7 includes, from ‘a prominent private collection’, this watercolour of Hampton Court by JMW Turner (1775-1851).

The work was commissioned by the publisher Charles Heath (1785-1848) in the late 1820s as part of a series of London topographical scenes that formed part of the ambitious and long-running Picturesque Views in England and Wales project. Turner chose to paint Hampton Court from an unconventional viewpoint (at the confluence of the Thames and its tributaries) and included in the composition barbed references to dynastic politics such as a rotten basket in the foreground and a procession of disputing ducks.

Estimate £500,000-800,000



Oil on canvas by George Stubbs - estimate £200,000-300,000 at Bonhams.

George Stubbs (1724-1806) was the most sought-after horse painter of his day, working for a steady stream of British aristocrats with a passion for breeding and racing horses. It was thus inevitable that he was also commissioned to paint some of his patrons’ favourite dogs.

This oil on canvas of a black and white spaniel with a wooded landscape with a church spire beyond dated to the second half of the 1770s. At Bonhams Old Master Paintings sale on July 6 it is expected to bring £200,000-300,000.