British Paintings 1550-1850

Light & Landscape: J.M.W. Turner's Ehrenbreitstein

On 5 July, Sotheby's will offer for sale one of the greatest works by J.M.W. Turner still in private hands in the Old Masters Evening Sale. Painted in 1835, Ehrenbreitstein is a late work, dating from a period that is widely considered Turner's best: other works from this time now hang in the world's greatest museums, with only a minute number of this importance and quality remaining in private ownership. The subject of enormous critical acclaim when it was first exhibited in 1835, the painting depicts the ruined fortress of Ehrenbreitstein near Coblenz – a place of special significance for Turner. Though he made many drawings and watercolours of German views, this is the most important oil painting of a German subject that Turner ever painted.  Often referred to as the 'painter of light', Turner is widely regarded as Britain's foremost artist, whose unique and unprecedented style not only had a profound and lasting impact on British art, but was also a vital precursor to both the Impressionist and the much later Abstract Expressionist movements — Monet openly acknowledged his indebtedness to Turner. Major works of such quality by Turner are rare on the international market. The last example to be offered (Rome, from Mount Aventine, painted in the same year as Ehrenbreitstein and offered at Sotheby's in 2014) made a record £30.3 million (US$47.6 million) – the highest price ever achieved for any British-born artist at auction, and placing Turner alongside Rubens and Raphael as one of just three artists from the pre-Impressionist era to have achieved prices at this level. The picture will be offered with an estimate of £15–25 million (US$18.7–31.2m/€17.3–28.9m).

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Sotheby’s British Paintings Department sells and values paintings spanning three centuries; from early Tudor portraiture through to the early 19th century. Current strong demand for the best 16th and 17th century portraits has resulted in record prices for Tudor Portraits and for Sir Anthony van Dyck in particular. We regularly represent artists from the 18th century, ‘the golden age of British Painting,’ such as Gainsborough, Reynolds, Romney, Wright of Derby and Zoffany. We also sell landscapes from the first foreign visitors such as Siberechts through to Britain’s two greatest landscape painters, Constable and Turner; and marine paintings from the age of van de Velde to early 19th century painters such as Salmon and Luny. Britain has produced some of the world’s finest sporting painters and we regularly sell the finest works by artists such as Wootton, Seymour, Stubbs, Marshall and Agasse.

Our London-based team has unparalleled experience and have built up excellent relationships with both established collectors and new buyers. Sotheby’s holds the record for the most expensive British painting to appear at auction, Turner’s Modern Rome, and we have established record prices for many of the finest artists. In the past fifteen years we have sold 25 early British paintings for over £1 million.

British Paintings in this category now benefit from inclusion in the major Old Master sales in London in July and December and in New York in January and June. We also hold regular single-owner and private sales.

CONSIGNMENTS

If you wish to enquire about the possibility of offering a work in one of Sotheby's British Paintings 1550-1850 sales, please click here.
LONDON:
+44 (0)20 7293 5861

Sotheby’s British Paintings Department sells and values paintings spanning three centuries; from early Tudor portraiture through to the early 19th century. Current strong demand for the best 16th and 17th century portraits has resulted in record prices for Tudor Portraits and for Sir Anthony van Dyck in particular. We regularly represent artists from the 18th century, ‘the golden age of British Painting,’ such as Gainsborough, Reynolds, Romney, Wright of Derby and Zoffany. We also sell landscapes from the first foreign visitors such as Siberechts through to Britain’s two greatest landscape painters, Constable and Turner; and marine paintings from the age of van de Velde to early 19th century painters such as Salmon and Luny. Britain has produced some of the world’s finest sporting painters and we regularly sell the finest works by artists such as Wootton, Seymour, Stubbs, Marshall and Agasse.

Our London-based team has unparalleled experience and have built up excellent relationships with both established collectors and new buyers. Sotheby’s holds the record for the most expensive British painting to appear at auction, Turner’s Modern Rome, and we have established record prices for many of the finest artists. In the past fifteen years we have sold 25 early British paintings for over £1 million.

British Paintings in this category now benefit from inclusion in the major Old Master sales in London in July and December and in New York in January and June. We also hold regular single-owner and private sales.

CONSIGNMENTS

If you wish to enquire about the possibility of offering a work in one of Sotheby's British Paintings 1550-1850 sales, please click here.
LONDON:
+44 (0)20 7293 5861

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Sotheby’s British Paintings Department sells and values paintings spanning three centuries; from early Tudor portraiture through to the early 19th century. Current strong demand for the best 16th and 17th century portraits has resulted in record prices for Tudor Portraits and for Sir Anthony van Dyck in particular. We regularly represent artists from the 18th century, ‘the golden age of British Painting,’ such as Gainsborough, Reynolds, Romney, Wright of Derby and Zoffany. We also sell landscapes from the first foreign visitors such as Siberechts through to Britain’s two greatest landscape painters, Constable and Turner; and marine paintings from the age of van de Velde to early 19th century painters such as Salmon and Luny. Britain has produced some of the world’s finest sporting painters and we regularly sell the finest works by artists such as Wootton, Seymour, Stubbs, Marshall and Agasse.

Our London-based team has unparalleled experience and have built up excellent relationships with both established collectors and new buyers. Sotheby’s holds the record for the most expensive British painting to appear at auction, Turner’s Modern Rome, and we have established record prices for many of the finest artists. In the past fifteen years we have sold 25 early British paintings for over £1 million.

British Paintings in this category now benefit from inclusion in the major Old Master sales in London in July and December and in New York in January and June. We also hold regular single-owner and private sales.

CONSIGNMENTS

If you wish to enquire about the possibility of offering a work in one of Sotheby's British Paintings 1550-1850 sales, please click here.
LONDON:
+44 (0)20 7293 5861