Wednesday, 17 July 2013

British Heritage

Here's a perfect example of British heritage art which should have been saved for the nation: Sir Edward John Poynter's The Ionian Dance (1895). It sold in London at Bonhams’ 19th Century Paintings sale on 10th July for £301,250. Another masterpiece that went under the hammer was John Atkinson Grimshaw's Glasgow Docks (1883), which fetched £205,250 (CLICK). These are piddling amounts when compared with the £16.5m needed to buy Rembrandt's Rembrandt Laughing (CLICK).

4 Comments:

At 18/7/13, Blogger A. Sim said...

How typical. Unless it's a very big name they don't seem to bother. They're gorgeous.

 
At 18/7/13, Blogger Ian Cox said...

You miss my point. These are big names in British art, but they're not Old Masters and they're not modern foreign rubbish-peddlers like Picasso. And they weren't owned by a British me lord. So they're ignored!

 
At 19/7/13, Blogger A. Sim said...

That's what I meant. A big name to the establishment.

 
At 19/7/13, Blogger Ian Cox said...

It's not what you wrote. Our art establishment is so clueless that it has only heard of artists that the non-art-loving public knows. British artists? What British artists? Turner and Constable are probably the only ones it has heard of. Most Pre-Raphaelite paintings are now in the USA!

 

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