Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Burne-Jones Drawings book

by Ann S. Dean
Heritage Press; illustrated edition edition (July 1993)

Sunday, April 25, 2010

Thursday, April 22, 2010

Monday, April 19, 2010

Pre-Raphaelite to Arts and Crafts Jewellery

by Charlotte Gere and Geoffrey C. Munn
Antique Collectors' Club Ltd; 2nd Revised edition edition (1999)

Ford Madox Brown - Emma Hill: study for "The Last of England"

Black chalk, with wash

One of the most direct and appealing of all Pre-Raphaelite portrait drawings, this study of Brown's future wife is a notable result of the artist's hard work on 'The Last of England' in the winter of 1852.

Brown had met Matilda Hill (always known as Emma) by Christmas 1848. She was then nineteen, the daughter of a poor farmer who had migrated to London during the agricultural depression of the 1830s.


William Rossetti recalled her having "a pink complexion, regular features, and a fine abundance of beautiful yellow hair, the tint of harvest corn".

Although a daughter, Catherine, was born in November 1850, Emma andBrown did not marry until 1853.

Friday, April 16, 2010

G F Watts - The Denunciation of Cain, a study

56 x 26"
c. 1868 -72

The main picture was given to the RA as his diploma piece in 1872. It measured 14 feet in height! There are other versions in existence.

Thursday, April 15, 2010

William Holman Hunt - Hounds

on board
red chalk and pencil
9 3/4 x 11.5"

made as studies for the hounds in his picture 'Woodstock' (1847) and 'The Fight of Medline and Porphyo' (1848).

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Copyright laws around the world

[A Sleeping Dog. . Gerrit Dou 1650]

I'm often asked about copyright on these pictures. I mainly work from old auction catalogues where the auction house claims copyright on the photographs of the paintings. Legally this is probably doubtful as they are reproducing the original painting, which is almost certainly out of copyright without adding anything ro it. The position is explained here:


This theory has been tested and proven in U.S. courts already: In Bridgeman Art Library v. Corel Corp., 36 F.Supp.2d 191 (S.D.N.Y. 1999), the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York ruled that exact photographic copies of public domain images could not be covered by copyright because they lack originality. Even if accurate reproductions may require a great deal of skill, experience and effort, it is a process that lacks originality, a key element for copyrightability under U.S. law. The decision applies only to two-dimensional images such as paintings.

But it is fair to say that in some ways this is a grey area. Proceed with caution.

William Davis - Fetching water

signed 'W Davies [sic]' (lower left beside the blue jug)
oil on board
9¼ x 6 1/8 in.

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

John Brett - The Lizard and Caldy Island

one inscribed and dated l.l.: Lizard/ Aug 8/76; the other inscribed and dated l.r.: Caldy Island July 22 79

one oil on panel, the other oil on canvas
each 18 by 36cm., 7 by 14in
Hammer Price with Buyer's Premium: 12,500 GBP

Saturday, April 10, 2010

Dante Gabriel Rossetti - Porttrait of Mrs Georgina Fernandez

signed with monogram l.l. and dated 1874 l.r.

pastel on pale green paper
21 by 15 in.
Hammer Price with Buyer's Premium: 79,250 GBP

Friday, April 9, 2010

Edward Burne-Jones - Two Studies for Arthur

black and white chalks on red-brown paper
10 1/2 by 16in.
Hammer Price with Buyer's Premium: 6,000 GBP

Thursday, April 8, 2010

Evelyn de Morgan - Head of a Young Girl

coloured chalks on brown paper
12 by 8 1/2 in.
Hammer Price with Buyer's Premium: 3,125 GBP

Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Edward Burne-Jones - Sidonia von Bork

signed with monogram (lower left)
watercolor and bodycolor on panel
11 3/8 by 6 1/2 in.

Monday, April 5, 2010

John Ruskin - The Castle Rock, Edinburgh

with inscription 'By John Ruskin MA. Wm Ward' (lower right, overmounted)
pencil and watercolour, heightened with touches of white on buff paper; and a subsidiary sketch (on the reverse)
17 1/8 x 11 7/8 in.
Price Realized £6,250


Saturday, April 3, 2010

Edward Reginald Frampton - Our Lady of Promise (La Madonna di Promessa)

signed and inscribed 'Our Lady of Promise'/E. Reginald Frampton 1 Brook Green Studios Brook Green London W14 £600.00'
oil on canvas
50 x 46 in.
Price Realized £145,250