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Traditional British and Sporting Pictures

This category of art and painting is generally accepted to cover the period circa 1800-1900 and is, therefore, largely late Georgian and Victorian art. The staple diet of many auction houses in the past, there has in the last few years been a trend away from this traditional British period and style, with the modern day collector looking more towards 20th century and contemporary art. But things change ...

William Linnell - Harvest, sold at auction for £14,000. (FS4/562).

William Linnell - Harvest, sold at auction for £14,000. (FS4/562).

We are noticing a strengthening in interest again for good quality examples of works by, for example, the Williams Family, Shayer and Benjamin W Leader, and the genre painters like Mulready, Condy and Brooks; along with good traditional marine works by J Wilson Carmicheal, Thomas Luny and Whitcombe, which are also coming more strongly back in favour.

The Pre-Rapealistes, founded by William Holman Hunt, Millais and Rossetti in 1848 are an exception and will always be highly collectable. Major works are rare, but the associated Pre-Raphaelite artist such as John Brett, Henry James Holiday, Arthur Hughes, James Campbell and JW Godward appear frequently in provincial auction rooms.

Archibald Thorburn - Cock and Hen Pheasants, which realised £26,000. (FS11/405).

Archibald Thorburn - Cock and Hen Pheasants, which realised £26,000. (FS11/405).

Works by the sporting artist Archibald Thorburn are regularly consigned to our rooms and over recent years we have sold fine drawings and major watercolours by Thorburn for sums between £300-£30,0000.


Daniel GoddardDaniel Goddard
Department Head

Martin ScadgellMartin Scadgell