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The British Museum just bought a drawing for £68,000

Peak practice: Joseph Anton Koch’s Schmadribach Waterfall British Museum

An 18th-century drawing by Austrian Romantic artist Joseph Anton Koch forgotten for over a century until it was discovered by the Standard’s late art critic Brian Sewell has been bought by the British Museum for £68,750.

The preparatory study of Schmadribach Waterfall was unknown to the art world until Sewell’s personal collection came up for sale at Christie’s last September. The study led to Koch’s painting of the waterfall in the Lauterbrunnen Valley.

Arts minister John Glen issued a temporary export bar and the museum today announced that it had acquired the drawing after money was raised from multiple donors. It will now be part of its public collection.

Dating from about 1793, the drawing is an example of the precise studies Koch (1768-1839) was renowned for.

Sewell’s art collection of more than 200 works sold for £3.7 million – almost double the pre-auction estimate.

The Standard’s celebrated critic died in September 2015 aged 84.


Article by Rashid Razaq, The Evening Standard, London.

Posted in: News on January 2, 2018 by...