This sale brings together a remarkably rich and varied selection of fine Italian, French, Dutch and British drawings from the 16th - 19th centuries.
The highlights range from a unique, large-scale gouache, depicting Diana and Actaeon, by Cavalier d'Arpino, to a wonderful, typically enigmatic and ominous drawing by Goya, not seen on the market since 1877. The Eagle Hunter is a classic Goya image, combining penetrating human observation with astonishing narrative drama and intensity.
The view of Old St. Paul's Cathedral in London was drawn by Wenceslaus Hollar in 1656-8, less than a decade before the medieval building was destroyed in the Great Fire of London - to be replaced by the familiar Christopher Wren landmark. This newly discovered drawing is the only known preparatory study for one of Hollar's important prints, which are the only detailed record of how Old St. Paul's actually looked, inside and out.
The British Drawings section will feature the important Mansel Lewis Collection of Drawings by the immensely talented young Sir Edwin Landseer. This will be the first time that the collection has been offered for sale since they were purchased at the artist's sale in 1874. A beautiful watercolour of the sun setting over Flint Castle by the masterful JMW Turner RA compliments a select group of watercolours, drawings and pastels by leading British artists of the eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries including; Sir Thomas Lawrence, George Romney, John Flaxman, John Constable, Thomas Girtin, John Ruskin, David Roberts and others.