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Lowell Libson Ltd. Exhibits Important Watercolours and Drawings by J.M.W. Turner at Frieze Masters
October 1, 2013  | 
Lowell Libson Ltd. will be exhibiting at Frieze Masters, London a series of five important watercolours and drawings by J.M.W. Turner. These pages, from one of his most important sketchbooks, were last on the market in the 1930s, this impressive set of works have a fabulous provenance, combining in their subject matter and early history two of Turner’s most important patrons. The atmospheric, rapidly executed watercolour studies all depict the Yorkshire landscape around the home of Turner’s greatest patron Walter Fawkes. Completed in 1824 shortly before Fawkes’s death, Turner subsequently gave the sketchbook to Hugh Monro of Novar, the closest friend and major collector of the second half of the artist’s career. As most of Turner’s sketchbooks remained in his studio and are now in the Tate Gallery, London this is an exceptionally rare opportunity to acquire working sketches by perhaps the greatest master of British landscape painting of the nineteenth century.

Lowell Libson Ltd. will also be exhibiting a stunning oil sketch by Sir Thomas Lawrence PRA, acknowledged in his lifetime as Europe's pre-eminent portraitist. The rapid sketch was made in 1792 - at the moment that some of his finest works were created - and is a rapid oil study for his iconic portrait of Arthur Atherley now in the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. Probably completed in a single sitting, this spare and lusciously painted oil is an extraordinary addition to Lawrence’s ouevre and was last on the market in 1860.

Lowell Libson Ltd. are leading dealers in British art and their exhibition at Frieze Masters will also include a spectacular collection of works by the greatest British painters of the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, including a large and impressive birds-eye view of Tottenham Park by Pieter Andreas Rysbrack and works by John Constable, Thomas Gainsborough and William Blake.

Important recent sales
Lowell Libson Ltd has had an outstanding 2013 so far and has made a number of important sales to major institutions and private collections internationally. The recent sale of a major work by John Constable, Willy Lott’s House to The Sterling & Francine Clark Art Institute, Massachusetts came only months after the sale of a study of for Constable’s Branch Hill Pond Hampstead to The Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Richmond. A major, unpublished cast by John Flaxman was acquired by The Carnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburgh and a double sided sheet of Studies of Lovers Embracing and A Supplicant Figure by James Jefferys was sold to The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. Other major sales were made to The Yale Center for British Art, New Haven, The Birmingham Museum of Art, Alabama, the Morgan Library and Museum, New York and Royal Academy of Arts, London.

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