We have just finished the research for our next catalogue, which will be published at the beginning of October. In it we present a number of significant discoveries for the first time, including Lorenzo Bartolini’s magnificent ad vivum terracruda bust of Lord Byron made in 1822. A little-known work by Kauffman, Abraham drives Hagar and Ishmael into the Desert, commissioned by one of her very few female patrons is discussed at length for the first time. Its loan has been promised to the forthcoming Angelica Kauffman exhibition at the Kunstpalast Düsseldorf, (30 January – 24 May 2020) and at the Royal Academy of Arts, London, (25 June – 20 September 2020). Unseen works by Samuel Palmer, Rossetti and a previously unknown sheet from the Master of the Giants album all underscore our determination to uncover fresh material.
Whilst we are known for handling outstanding works by the major figures in British art, we always enjoy uncovering major works by less familiar artists. In our latest catalogue we reveal a major and newly discovered work by the painter James Durno, who was working in Rome in the last decades of the eighteenth century. The large, neo-classical painting depicts Priam returning to Troy with the body of Achilles and our research has revealed it to be a work commissioned by Frederick Hervey, 4th Earl of Bristol (the Earl Bishop) in 1787. Celebrated upon its completion by contemporaries, the painting offers important evidence of an artist tackling an Homeric subject-matter in the generation after Gavin Hamilton and represents a major work in the development of British neo-classicism.