Strong bidding in the Victorian, Pre-Raphaelite & British Impressionist Art sale on 17 December, achieved high prices throughout. The top lot of the sale was Lawrence Alma-Tadema’s monumental nude The Sculptor’s Model which achieved £965,000, whilst John William Waterhouse’s early Miranda made £581,000 and John Melhuish Strudwick’s Ten Virgins sold for £305,000.
Sir Alfred Munnings continues to be popular and his rediscovered watercolour Augereau and Shrimp at the Ford sold for £185,000. Another picture fresh to the auction market was Sir George Clausen’s A Ploughboy, which made £365,000. This is indicative of a market that responds well to pictures that are of the highest quality and condition which have not been exposed at auction for many years.
In recent years we have seen an upsurge in interest in Victorian, Pre-Raphaelite and British Impressionist art and the success of our sales have reflected this. In December we will present our carefully curated sale of paintings, drawings and watercolours which will show the breadth and quality of 19th and early 20th-century British art.
Artists whose work will be represented will include Dante Gabriel Rossetti, John Everett Millais and Frederic Leighton, John Atkinson Grimshaw, George Frederick Watts and Edward Burne-Jones. There will also be examples of work by Dame Laura Knight, Edward Seago and George Clausen. A quintessentially Victorian picture is John Morgan’s rediscovery ‘Snowballing’ which is a perfect image for our winter sale.