Bonhams to sell 3 watercolours by Egyptologist Howard Carter

Three watercolours of Egypt by Howard Carter, the English archaeologist who discovered the tomb of the Boy Pharaoh Tutankhamun in 1922, are to be sold at Bonhams on December 3. While the Earl of Carnarvon, the amateur Egyptologist who appointed Carter to oversee his Theban excavations, supposedly died from the curse of King Tut, Carter … Continue reading “Bonhams to sell 3 watercolours by Egyptologist Howard Carter”

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Banksy spotted in Paris

Banksy’s art is always making headlines in the UK especially when news emerges that one of his famous spray painted murals is about to be sold. Now, though, the famously anonymous artist has proved that he’s just as popular on the other side of the channel. Paris auction house Tajan held its first ever sale devoted entirely … Continue reading “Banksy spotted in Paris”

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Help Heath Robinson’s madcap machines secure their new home

This illustration from the William Heath Robinson Trust collections

His much-loved humorous drawings of bizarre machinery and tortuous technology have brought William Heath Robinson National Treasure status since they were first published almost a century ago. So it is no surprise that considerable efforts have been made to protect his legacy by creating a museum dedicated to his life and work. So far £155,000 … Continue reading “Help Heath Robinson’s madcap machines secure their new home”

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What did Lowry’s figures look like before they went on a diet?

Lowry drawing

L.S. Lowry (1887-1976) may be best known for his matchstick men and industrial landscapes, but his early works showed that he was just as capable of producing more traditional portraits and studies. Durrants auctioneers of Beccles, Suffolk offered two examples on June 28. The two intriguing pencil sketches from around 1916 came from a vendor … Continue reading “What did Lowry’s figures look like before they went on a diet?”

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