Christie's strength as the definitive market leader in British Art on Paper has given this category an international stage and produced exceptional auction results. The department holds numerous records including the world record for any British Work on Paper sold at auction with J.M.W. Turner's, The Blue Rigi: Lake of Lucerne, Sunrise, which sold for £5,832,000. Christie’s also holds world auction records for British 18th century drawings, British 18th century watercolours and British 19th century works on paper, as well as for most major British artists who painted in this medium including Gainsborough, Burne-Jones, Sandby, Palmer, Lear, Roberts, Ruskin, Landseer, Rossetti and Augustus John.
British Art on Paper is now sold internationally in both London and New York – early drawings are sold in the Old Masters and 19th Century Art sales, later 19th century works in the Victorian and British Impressionist Pictures sales, and 20th Century works in the 20th Century British Art sales. Regular sales of Drawings and Watercolours are sold within the Interiors sales at South Kensington, in addition to the bi-annual dedicated illustration sales.
2009 has already seen many excellent results including January's Important Old Master Paintings Sale in New York where J.M.W. Turner’s The Brünig Pass sold for $1,082,500; July's Old Master and 19th Century Art Evening Sale in London where Off Yarmouth, also by Turner, sold for £301,250 and a Shoreham period pen and ink drawing by Samuel Palmer achieved £121,250, doubling its pre-sale estimate. A highlight of May's 20th Century British Art Sale was a charming collection of six watercolours by Gwen John, which sold for £62,375 alongside a pencil portrait of Dorelia by Augustus that realised £30,000. June's Victorian and British Impressionist Picture Sale featured a watercolour by Lear which realised £45,650, A Portrait of Annie Miller by Rossetti which sold for £205,250 and three magnificent works by Birket Foster, one of which tripled the pre-sale estimate, realising £109,250. The July South Kensington sale of Old Master, 19th Century and British Drawings and Watercolours saw excellent results including a view of Rouen by John Sell Cotman, which achieved £7,500.
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Harriet Drummond has been a member of the British Drawings team for twenty years and Department Head for the last ten. During her time in the department many new auction records have been set, including the world record prices for Turner’s The Blue Rigi, Dante Gabriel Rossetti’s Pandora, Samuel Palmer’s Oak tree and beech, Lullingstone Park, Thomas Gainsborough’s Study for the Richmond Water-walk and John Ruskin’s Bellinzona, Switzerland. In 2000 she reorganised the Drawings department to include works by 20th Century artists and in June 2007 achieved the auction record for a work on paper by Augustus John with a red chalk drawing of Dorelia. In addition, she has been involved in the inauguration of several innovative theme sales such as Visions of India, Interiors, The Bird Sale and Natural History. She has also been involved in many highly successful single-owner sales and collections including The Bute Collection of Watercolours by Paul Sandby, The P&O Collection of Watercolours of India by Thomas and William Daniell, The Fuller Collection, Monsieur and Madame Gérald Bauer: British Watercolours from the Golden Age, The Goyder Collection and Deane F. Johnson Collection and the Collection of Christopher Wood.
Rosie Jarvie (neé Stynes) joined Christie's in 1997. She has worked on numerous successful sales, including the £5.8 million sale of J.M.W. Turner's The Blue Rigi, which set the world auction record for a British work on paper (June 2006). In 2004, she coordinated the Important British Art sales, including the sale of Property from the London residence of the late Sir Paul Getty KCB. She has also worked on a number of high profile single-owner collections, including the David Fuller Collection of Victorian Landscape Watercolours; Monsieur and Madame Gérald Bauer British Watercolours from the Golden Age; The Forbes Collection of Victorian Pictures; Watercolours by Thomas Rowlandson from Longleat; The Albert Dawson Collection; The Goyder Collection; and The Deane F. Johnson Collection. Rosie Jarvie holds a degree in Classics from Oriel College, Oxford.
With over twenty- two years of experience as a specialist at Christie’s, Jane Turner , as head of Maritime Pictures, has been instrumental in achieving many world records, including John Wilson Carmichael’s British Opium Schooner and other shipping off Hong Kong (£172,000) and Pieter van Soest’s The Dutch attack on the English Fleet in the Medway, June 1667 (£108,250). She has worked closely on a number of landmark sales including the Montague Dawson Studio sale (2004), the Trafalgar Sale (2005) and the inaugural sale of Maritime Paintings at King Street (2007). As head of the Drawings and Watercolour Department at Christie’s South Kensington, Jane has been involved in selling many single owner collections including The Grand Tour Sal e (2005), The Vanity Fair Sale (2005) and The Lyndon Goodwin Harris Collection of Watercolours by Albert Goodwin and Joseph Edward Southall (2007). She is also in charge of the Original Book Illustration sales. More recently Jane has been working in the Sporting Art Department in New York. Prior to working at Christie’s, Jane Turner, worked on private yachts in the Caribbean and the United States.
Sarah Reynolds joined the British Watercolours & Drawings and Maritime Art departments in 2008. Since starting at Christie's Sarah has contributed to the success of the department’s many and varied sales, including the single owner collections, A Sporting Garland: A collection of works by Cecil Aldin (November 2008) and A Channel Island Treasure House: Paintings, Drawings & Watercolours from the collection of the late John Appleby (November 2010). She has also been involved in setting several new world records in Maritime Art, including Peter Monamy’s The flagship Royal Sovereign saluting at the Nore (£109,250). Sarah graduated from St. Peter’s College, Oxford with a B.A. Hons in Modern History and went onto to gain an M.A. in History of Art from the Courtauld Institute, specialising in the History of Dress from 1600 to the present day. Her main interests include Pre-Raphaelite and early 20th century drawings and original book illustrations.