19th Century

Queen Victoria's Drawings coming up at Roseberys

July 9 2024

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Posted by Adam Busiakiewicz:

Artnet.com have published a short article on news that Roseberys will be selling a cache of drawings by Queen Victoria next week. The group, which were completed during Victoria's teenage years, are believed to have descended with her drawing instructor George Hayter's family.

National Galleries of Scotland acquire Bessie MacNicol

July 4 2024

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Posted by Adam Busiakiewicz:

The National Galleries of Scotland acquired Bessie MacNicol's The Lilac Sunbonnet earlier in June. The picture had sold at Lyon & Turnbull in December 2023 for £55,201 and was acquired with funds from the Cowan Smith, MacDougall and Treaty of Union Bequests, 2024.

According to the gallery's website:

This bright image of a young fieldworker leaning on a hayfork showcases MacNicol’s confident use of oil paint. Her deft, sweeping brushstrokes skilfully capture the play of dappled sunlight. Born in Glasgow, MacNicol studied at the city’s School of Art and later in Paris. She exhibited widely in the UK and in mainland Europe. From the 1890s onwards she also sent her paintings to be shown in Pittsburgh and St Louis in the USA. MacNicol died tragically young, aged only 34, due to late-stage complications in her first pregnancy.

First known portrait commissioned by an American born into slavery on display in Baltimore

June 25 2024

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Posted by Adam Busiakiewicz:

The Washington Post have reported on news that the first known portrait commissioned by an American born into slavery will be going on display at the Baltimore Museum of Art this week. The painting, attributed to the artist James Alexander Simpson, is believed to depict Mary Ann Tritt Cassell, a woman of mixed race whose mother was enslaved on Stratford Hall plantation in Westmoreland County, Va. The article explains the research which has gone into uncovering the life of the sitter and her family.

Upcoming Release: Guillaume Lethière

June 21 2024

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Picture: Yale Books

Posted by Adam Busiakiewicz:

It appears that the Clark Institute's upcoming exhibition on Guillaume Lethière is going to be accompanied by what looks to be a rather good scholarly book (pictured). The volume is edited by Esther Bell and Olivier Meslay and features contributions from a long list of scholars.

According to the blurb on Yale Books:

Born in the French colony of Guadeloupe, Guillaume Lethière (1760–1832) was a key figure in the history of art during the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries. The son of a formerly enslaved woman of color and a white government official and plantation owner, Lethière moved to France with his father at age fourteen. He trained as an artist and successfully navigated the tumult of the French Revolution and its aftermath in order to achieve the highest levels of recognition in his time. A favorite artist of Napoleon’s brother, Lucien Bonaparte, Lethière also held important positions at the Académie de France in Rome, Institut de France , and École des Beaux-Arts. A well-respected teacher, he operated a robust studio that rivaled those of his contemporaries Jacques-Louis David and Antoine-Jean Gros.

Despite his remarkable accomplishments and considerable corpus of paintings and drawings, Lethière is relatively unknown today. Lavishly illustrated and authoritative, this groundbreaking study serves to introduce Lethière to new and broader audiences and restore him to his rightful place as one of the most eminent artist of his generation. An international group of scholars offer the first comprehensive view of Lethière’s extraordinary career in its political, social, and art historical context, addressing issues of colonialism, slavery, and diaspora, as well as shedding new light on the presence and reception of Caribbean artists in France during this time.

Turner and the Environment at Turner's House

June 20 2024

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Posted by Adam Busiakiewicz:

Turner's House in Twickenham will be opening a new exhibition on 6th July 2024. A World of Care: Turner and the Environment promises to be the must-see event for the environmentalist art lover (just make sure you take public transport there, of course).

According to their website:

This year’s exhibition reveals how Turner captured environmental and social developments that would go on to change Britain and the world‘s climates forever. This will be the first exhibition dedicated to this subject. Highly attuned to changes in the landscape and atmosphere, Turner captured them in his ground-breaking paintings, drawings and engravings. Through his art, he documented plumes of smoke, burning furnaces, urban sprawl, deforested landscapes, overfishing and extreme weather. The exhibition will also seek to connect the changes that Turner was observing and capturing in beautiful works of art, with changes to the environment that we are currently seeing.

The exhibition will run from 6th July until 27th October 2024 and is complimented by an interesting selection of lectures related to the show (click on the link above to read more).

Auckland Art Gallery Acquires Rare War Dance Painting

June 17 2024

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Posted by Adam Busiakiewicz:

The Auckland Art Gallery in New Zealand have acquired William Strutt's War Dance at Taranaki, New Zealand, Mount Egmont, in the distance (CLICK HERE FOR LINK --->)#mce_temp_url#. The painting, which was exhibited in 1857, is believed to be the earliest depicting of the haka, a traditional war dance which is famously still used by the nation's sporting teams.

According to the article linked above:

Tātaki Auckland Unlimited Gallery Director Kirsten Lacy says, “War Dance at Taranaki, New Zealand, Mount Egmont, in the distance is an incredibly rare artwork and a major addition to the Gallery’s collection. A small painting with a huge story to tell, this work holds immense historical importance, and I am delighted to be bringing this into a public collection where all can enjoy and learn from it.”

The Gallery purchased the painting from Art+Object by a private treaty sale for $885,000 with funding from several trust funds dedicated to supporting the Gallery’s collection, contributions from private individuals and the Gallery’s collection development budget.

“Artworks of this calibre are rare on the market – the last time the Gallery purchased a historic New Zealand work of this significance was 34 years ago in 1990,” adds Lacy.

AGO Toronto acquires Amélie Legrand de Saint-Aubin Portrait

June 14 2024

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Posted by Adam Busiakiewicz:

The AGO in Toronto have announced their acquisition #mce_temp_url# (<----CLICK HERE FOR A LINK) of Amélie Legrand de Saint-Aubin's Portrait of an Artist Drawing a Landscape in her Sketchbook. The painting, which was acquired through dealer Elliott Fine Art in 2023, dates to 1831 and joins works by other female artists in the gallery including pictures by Florence Carlyle and Mary Ann Alabaster.

According to the article linked above:

Hung inside the gallery dedicated to Fashioning the Woman Artist, Saint-Aubin’s Portrait of an Artist Drawing a Landscape in her Sketchbook (1831) belongs to an important tradition in which women painters pictured women making art. As part of major political changes that occurred during the French Revolution, women were allowed to exhibit in the French Salon, the nation’s premier annual art exhibition, for the first time. [...]

Following Saint-Aubin’s formal artistic training, she exhibited in 17 Salons over the course of her career, with primarily portraits and history paintings – two of the most popular genres at that time. Her reputation steadily grew as more people saw her work and by 1831 or earlier, she began to offer private lessons to students. The sitter in this painting could be one of her students, or a professional peer of Saint-Aubin’s.

Hans Jakob Oeri acquired by The Art Institute of Chicago

June 12 2024

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Posted by Adam Busiakiewicz:

News from curator Emerson Bowyer on Instagram that the The Art Institute of Chicago have acquired Hans Jakob Oeri's aforementioned Double Portrait of Ludwig Schulthess-Kaufmann et Emil Schulthess-Schulthess. This handsome drawing realised an impressive €226,800 earlier this year at Christie's Paris.

Help the Manchester Art Gallery Acquire Claxton's 'Woman's Work'

June 7 2024

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Posted by Adam Busiakiewicz:

The Manchester Art Gallery are appealing to the public to help raise the final £18,000 required to acquire Florence Claxton's 'Woman's Work' A Medley. 85% of the total required has already been raised through grants and donations. The painting had sold at Sotheby's in 2023 where it made £69,850 over its £15k - £20k estimate.

Géricault's Horses

June 3 2024

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Posted by Adam Busiakiewicz:

This remarkably fine poster is promoting an exhibition which recently opened at the Le Musée de la Vie romantique in ParisLes Chevaux de Géricault [or Géricault's Horses] brings together one hundred works, featuring an impressive list of antique horses, English horses, military horses, horse races, portraits of heads, rumps and equestrian portraits.

The exhibition will run until 15th September 2024.

Sorolla Museum acquire artist's copy of Velázquez

May 24 2024

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Posted by Adam Busiakiewicz:

The Sorolla Museum in Madrid have announced their acquisition of Sorolla's copy of Velázquez's Christ Crucified. Sorolla had started making copies of famous old masters after his first trip to the Prado in 1881. This painting had appeared at auction back in March where it made €70,000.

Mary Cassatt at Work in Philadelphia

May 16 2024

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Posted by Adam Busiakiewicz:

The Philadelphia Museum of Art will be opening an exhibition dedicated to Mary Cassatt (1844-1926) in two days' time. The show is being shared with The Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco and already has a rather nicely produced catalogue to go alongside it.

According to the museum's website:

A celebrated member of the French Impressionists, Pennsylvania-born Mary Cassatt challenged the conventional expectations of Philadelphia’s elite. In Paris, Cassatt committed herself to a career as a professional artist and made the social, intellectual, and working lives of modern women a core subject of her prints, paintings, and pastels. Though recognized in her lifetime for her intimate depictions of women and children, Cassatt has yet to be appreciated for her serious engagement with the realities of gender and labor in her portrayal of other traditionally feminine activities, such as embroidery, reading, or making social appearances.

These depictions lie at the heart of Mary Cassatt at Work, which will present over 130 diverse works that follow the artist’s evolving practice and demonstrate her interest in the “serious work” of artmaking. The exhibition will present new findings about the materials she used and her processes—which were advanced for her era—as it coincides with a detailed technical study of the Philadelphia Museum of Art’s significant Cassatt holdings.

The exhibition will run until 8th September 2024.

Fanciful Figures at the John Soane Museum

May 15 2024

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Posted by Adam Busiakiewicz:

I failed to spot that the John Soane Museum opened a new exhibition earlier in the spring. Entitled Fanciful Figures, the show draws special attention to the figures so often overlooked in 18th & 19th century architectural drawings.

According to the website:

The Georgians placed these figures, whether beautifully dressed, sociable or industrious, into their drawings to animate, add intrigue and enhance the aspirational appeal of their designs. They also played, and continue to play, an important role in indicating the scale and function of architectural elements and drawing attention to the special features of designs.

Just as architects today use staffage to help prospective buyers imagine a life in and around new developments, these historic scenes were created to market new possibilities to audiences. They have, therefore, taken on a new significance as a means of signalling shifts in style, demographics, work, and culture. Between the city traders and happy families, street-side boxing matches and children riding in dog-carts, the figures celebrated in this exhibition help piece together a vibrant picture.

The exhibition will run until 9th June 2024.

Monet and London at the Courtauld in September

May 14 2024

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Posted by Adam Busiakiewicz:

The Courtauld Institute of Art have announced that they'll be putting on an exhibition entitled Monet and London. Views of the Thames in September 2024.

According to the institute's website:

Begun over three stays in the capital between 1899 and 1901, the series—depicting Charing Cross Bridge, Waterloo Bridge and the Houses of Parliament—was unveiled at a landmark exhibition in Paris in 1904. Monet fervently wanted to show them in London itself the following year, 1905, but plans fell through. To this day, they have never been the subject of an exhibition in the UK.

The Griffin Catalyst Exhibition: Monet and London. Views of the Thames will realise Monet’s unfulfilled ambition of showing this extraordinary group of paintings in London, on the banks of the Thames and a mere 300 metres from the Savoy Hotel where most were painted. By presenting the paintings Monet himself selected for his public in Paris and London, it will provide visitors with the unique experience of seeing the show Monet curated and the works he felt best represented his ambitious artistic enterprise – brought together for the first time 120 years after their inaugural exhibition.

The show will run from 27th September 2024 until 19th January 2025.

Tate Acquire Louise Jopling Self Portrait

May 13 2024

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Posted by Adam Busiakiewicz:

Tate have announced their acquisition of Louise Jopling's Self Portrait. Painted in 1875, Jopling was one of one of the first women admitted to the Royal Society of British Artists and was highly regarded in her day. Indeed, this painting had sold for a mere £3,200 at Warren & Wignall back in 2018, before the period when prices for female artists soared.

According to the article:

Jopling is known to have painted more than 750 works of art before she died in 1933, aged 90, but the locations of the majority of these paintings are now sadly unknown.

Only a handful have been acquired by public art galleries. “But I wouldn’t say those are her major works,” said Barber. “We don’t know where they are.”

Paul Signac Swimming Shorts for €260

May 1 2024

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Posted by Adam Busiakiewicz:

As AHN likes to keep its readers up to date with the latest art history paraphernalia, here's an article from Women's Wear Daily regarding a new collaboration between the luxury brand Vilebrequin and Charlotte Hellman Cachin, the great-granddaughter of French Neo-Impressionist painter Paul Signac. The article concerns the release of a new set of swimming shorts featuring Signac paintings of Saint-Tropez from the Signac Archives.

According to the article:

Signac was a keen sailor, arriving in Saint-Tropez on his boat Olympia. “It made total sense to have a swimwear line for a man who was as sporty as he was, because he loved sailing as much as he loved painting,” Cachin said.

Roland Herlory, chief executive officer of Vilebrequin, said the brand’s printers in Como, Italy, took great pains to match the colors used by Signac, whose technique consists of breaking down single hues into multicolored dots. The print runs along the front and back of the trunks, which are meticulously matched to ensure continuity, while tonal stitching further contributes to the seamless effect.

“When you work with a painter, an artist, you have such a responsibility toward the work that you always push your know-how and your standards a step further,” Herlory said. “You see in the eyes of the printers the excitement of the challenge.”

The shorts are on sale for €260 per pair.

Turner in Monaco

May 1 2024

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Posted by Adam Busiakiewicz:

The Grimaldi Forum in Monaco will be opening an exhibition entitled Turner: The Sublime Legacy in July. The show, in collaboration with Tate, will feature 38 paintings and 40 works on paper 'illustrating his innovative style and his qualities of abstraction.' 30 works by modern and contemporary artists will also be placed in dialogue with Turner's works.

The show will run from 6th July 2024 until 1st September 2024.

Louvre Unveils Conserved Delacroix

April 30 2024

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Picture: Delacroix, La Liberté guidant le peuple APRES restauration© GrandPalaisRmn (musée du Louvre) / Adrien Didierjean / Mathieu Rabeau-jpg

Posted by Adam Busiakiewicz:

The Louvre in Paris have revealed Eugène Delacroix's freshly conserved and iconic La Liberté guidant le peuple. The conservation project, the first since 1949, was undertaken by Bénédicte Trémolières and Laurence Mugniot and consisted mostly of removed old yellowed varnish. Apparently, this has led to many new perspectives on the work, including the fact that Liberty's tunic is mostly grey and not uniformly yellow.

The work will be on display again to the public in the Mollien Room from 2nd May 2024.


As mentioned previously, it is very impressive that the Louvre, a museum which has famously resisted restoring many of its works of art, is apparently looking afresh at this tradition. The benefits, if undertaken in a restrained and considered way, can be outstanding. However, the cleaning of a picture can also make you look at it in an entirely different way - I cannot see Fragonard's The Swing in the same light after its cleaning back in 2021, for example. I know that there was a conference on the subject of conservation in the museum a few weeks ago but I missed it, alas.

Sotheby's New York Modern Sale

April 29 2024

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Posted by Adam Busiakiewicz:

Sotheby's New York have published their upcoming Modern Evening Auction. The auction will take place on 15th May 2024.

Among the top lots are an 'estimate on request' Monet haystack, a Magritte sunset at $15m - $20m, a $12m - $18m Leonora Carringtona $10m - $15m Rothko, a $7m - $10m Manet still life (pictured), and a $8m - $12m Picasso.

Liverpool Allotted Monet and Degas Accepted in Lieu

April 25 2024

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Posted by Adam Busiakiewicz:

The Walker Art Gallery in Liverpool has been allocated two paintings by Monet and Degas as part of the Acceptance in Lieu scheme. The Epte in Giverny (1884), by Claude Monet (pictured), and Modiste Decorating a Hat (1891-1895), a pastel by Edgar Degas, will be on display in the gallery from this weekend onwards.

According to the museum's press release:

Kate O’Donoghue, Curator of International Fine Art at National Museums Liverpool, said: “Claude Monet’s landscapes and Edgar Degas’ scenes of everyday life epitomise the Impressionist movement and it’s difficult to overstate quite how special it is to obtain these new works by two of Europe’s most famous artists.  

“The artworks will sit alongside works by artists such as Paul Cézanne and Henri Matisse, helping us to tell the story of Impressionism and Post-Impressionism in a way that will no doubt inspire visitors for many years to come.”

The new acquisitions come from the collection of Mary Elliot-Blake (1904-1996) and have been owned by the Montagu family by descent. Due to the family's connection to the city of Liverpool, the paintings were allocated to the Walker. 

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