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Commercial faces of the Victorians

Rod Stewart’s Waterhouse wears well as Pre-Raphaelites and followers dominate July series

Works by the Pre-Raphaelites and their followers continued to outperform the rest of the Victorian art market during the latest round of sales in London.

Both Sotheby’s (25/20/12.5% buyer’s premium) and Christie’s (25/20/12% buyer’s premium) were topped by archetypal Pre- Raphaelite long-haired beauties: a £960,000 John William Waterhouse oil at Christie’s and a £560,000 watercolour by Dante Gabriel Rossetti at Sotheby’s. The latter made a meaty £445,000 increase on its last saleroom appearance in 1988.

Competition also filtered down to more modestly priced works by satellite names connected to the group.

Among those eagerly contested by bidders was a £40,000 portrait drawing by Simeon Solomon at Christie’s, while at Sotheby’s, two delicate watercolours appeared: of Selene as the moon by Edward Robert Hughes, and a nude sea nymph by Arthur Hopkins, sold at £115,000 and £72,000 respectively.

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