Halls' Picture Department holds three picture sales a year selling a diverse range of oils, watercolours, prints and miniatures ranging from the 16th through to the 21st century. There are also sizeable picture sections each month in our collective sales. Within these auctions we cover all major European and British art movements and subject matter. Our sales are marketed to a national and international audience with fully illustrated curated catalogues and live online sales. The department is led by James Forster, auctioneer and picture specialist, who brings a wealth of experience gained with international auctioneers over the last two decades.
The department’s broad remit ensures dynamic auctions with a diverse range of subject matter from, for example, 17th century portraiture of Charles I after Daniel Mytens to a signed etching by Samuel Palmer. We have consistent success with early portraiture and regularly sell works by or in the manner of leading artists such as Godfrey Kneller, William Wissing, Enoch Seeman, Sir Anthony van Dyck and Sir Peter Lely. 19th century landscapes both in oil and watercolour are also an area of strength and artists such as Benjamin Williams Leader RA, David Bates, Thomas Bush Hardy, Thomas Sidney Cooper and David Cox Snr have achieved notable hammer prices.
The 20th century remains an area of the market often favoured by buyers and recent leading artists from this oeuvre sold by the picture department include Hamilton Donald Fraser, Donald McIntyre, Dame Laura Knight RA, William Lee Hankey, William Kay Blacklock and Samuel John ‘Lamorna’ Birch RA. Finally both antique and modern prints remain a rapidly growing market for Halls and we have had consistent success with numerous signed prints after Laurence Stephen Lowry RA and other leading print makers such as Walter Sickert, Sir Frank Brangwyn RA, Anthony Gross and Michael Ayrton.