Portraits of women and children taken from a leather covered album titled “Portraits” which consists of thirteen watercolor portraits by Vladimir Gau (Hau), one by Eduard Hau and fifteen photographs. Russian. ca. 1840, it was auctioned by Christies London in 2018.

Woman with dark hair. ca. 1840. Watercolor from a leather covered album titled “Portraits” with watercolor portraits by Vladimir Gau (Hau) and Edouard Hau. From a Christie’s auction. Artwork in the public domain due to age. via https://forum.artinvestment.ru/blog.php?b=346856&nojs=1&langid=5
Woman in a blue and white dress with earrings. ca. 1840. Watercolor from a leather covered album titled “Portraits” with watercolor portraits by Vladimir Gau (Hau) and Edouard Hau. From a Christie’s auction. Artwork in the public domain due to age. via https://forum.artinvestment.ru/blog.php?b=346856&nojs=1&langid=5
Two women. Thinking the one on the right is named “Sophia.” ca. 1840. Watercolor from a leather covered album titled “Portraits” with watercolor portraits by Vladimir Gau (Hau) and Edouard Hau. From a Christie’s auction. Artwork in the public domain due to age. via https://forum.artinvestment.ru/blog.php?b=346856&nojs=1&langid=5
Woman standing on a balcony. ca. 1840. Watercolor from a leather covered album titled “Portraits” with watercolor portraits by Vladimir Gau (Hau) and Edouard Hau. From a Christie’s auction. Artwork in the public domain due to age. via https://forum.artinvestment.ru/blog.php?b=346856&nojs=1&langid=5
Woman with dark hair and a black shawl. ca. 1840. Watercolor from a leather covered album titled “Portraits” with watercolor portraits by Vladimir Gau (Hau) and Edouard Hau. From a Christie’s auction. Artwork in the public domain due to age. via https://forum.artinvestment.ru/blog.php?b=346856&nojs=1&langid=5
Woman standing or sitting at a table. ca. 1840. Watercolor from a leather covered album titled “Portraits” with watercolor portraits by Vladimir Gau (Hau) and Edouard Hau. From a Christie’s auction. Artwork in the public domain due to age. via https://forum.artinvestment.ru/blog.php?b=346856&nojs=1&langid=5
Woman with a blue and red shawl. ca. 1840. Watercolor from a leather covered album titled “Portraits” with watercolor portraits by Vladimir Gau (Hau) and Edouard Hau. From a Christie’s auction. Artwork in the public domain due to age. via https://forum.artinvestment.ru/blog.php?b=346856&nojs=1&langid=5
Woman with flowers in her hair. ca. 1840. Watercolor from a leather covered album titled “Portraits” with watercolor portraits by Vladimir Gau (Hau) and Edouard Hau. Ader Nordmann Auctions. Artwork in the public domain due to age. via https://forum.artinvestment.ru/blog.php?b=346856&nojs=1&langid=5
Woman with dark bracelets. ca. 1840. Watercolor from a leather covered album titled “Portraits” with watercolor portraits by Vladimir Gau (Hau) and Edouard Hau. From a Christie’s auction. Artwork in the public domain due to age. via https://forum.artinvestment.ru/blog.php?b=346856&nojs=1&langid=5
Woman wearing a black dress. ca. 1840. Watercolor from a leather covered album titled “Portraits” with watercolor portraits by Vladimir Gau (Hau) and Edouard Hau. From a Christie’s auction. Artwork in the public domain due to age. via https://forum.artinvestment.ru/blog.php?b=346856&nojs=1&langid=5
Little girl in a white dress with red beaded necklace, sash and ribbons. ca. 1840. Watercolor from a leather covered album titled “Portraits” with watercolor portraits by Vladimir Gau (Hau) and Edouard Hau. From a Christie’s auction. Artwork in the public domain due to age. via https://forum.artinvestment.ru/blog.php?b=346856&nojs=1&langid=5
Woman wearing a brooch. ca. 1840. Watercolor from a leather covered album titled “Portraits” with watercolor portraits by Vladimir Gau (Hau) and Edouard Hau. From a Christie’s auction. Artwork in the public domain due to age. via https://forum.artinvestment.ru/blog.php?b=346856&nojs=1&langid=5
Three children. ca. 1840. Watercolor from a leather covered album titled “Portraits” with watercolor portraits by Vladimir Gau (Hau) and Edouard Hau. From a Christie’s auction. Artwork in the public domain due to age. via https://forum.artinvestment.ru/blog.php?b=346856&nojs=1&langid=5

Children with their dog. ca. 1840. Watercolor from a leather covered album titled “Portraits” with watercolor portraits by Vladimir Gau (Hau) and Edouard Hau. From a Christie’s auction. Artwork in the public domain due to age. via https://forum.artinvestment.ru/blog.php?b=346856&nojs=1&langid=5
Woman in pink. ca. 1840. Watercolor from a leather covered album titled “Portraits” with watercolor portraits by Vladimir Gau (Hau) and Edouard Hau. From a Christie’s auction. Artwork in the public domain due to age. via https://forum.artinvestment.ru/blog.php?b=346856&nojs=1&langid=5
Boy wearing a jacket. ca. 1840. Watercolor from a leather covered album titled “Portraits” with watercolor portraits by Vladimir Gau (Hau) and Edouard Hau. From a Christie’s auction. Artwork in the public domain due to age. via https://forum.artinvestment.ru/blog.php?b=346856&nojs=1&langid=5
Two small girls in white dresses with dark green sashes. ca. 1840. Watercolor from a leather covered album titled “Portraits” with watercolor portraits by Vladimir Gau (Hau) and Edouard Hau. From a Christie’s auction. Artwork in the public domain due to age. via https://forum.artinvestment.ru/blog.php?b=346856&nojs=1&langid=5
Girl and boy. ca. 1840. Watercolor from a leather covered album titled “Portraits” with watercolor portraits by Vladimir Gau (Hau) and Edouard Hau. From a Christie’s auction. Artwork in the public domain due to age. via https://forum.artinvestment.ru/blog.php?b=346856&nojs=1&langid=5
Woman with a striped sash. ca. 1840. Watercolor from a leather covered album titled “Portraits” with watercolor portraits by Vladimir Gau (Hau) and Edouard Hau. From a Christie’s auction. Artwork in the public domain due to age. via https://forum.artinvestment.ru/blog.php?b=346856&nojs=1&langid=5
Young woman in a white dress with pink ribbon decorations. ca. 1840. Watercolor from a leather covered album titled “Portraits” with watercolor portraits by Vladimir Gau (Hau) and Edouard Hau. From a Christie’s auction. Artwork in the public domain due to age. via https://forum.artinvestment.ru/blog.php?b=346856&nojs=1&langid=5

Please note that some of these are signed and that others identify the sitter. The handwriting is quite faded out so I can’t read it. I’m sorry. The Haus were very well known watercolorists in Saint Petersburg and did many commissions for the tsar, the Imperial family and the court.

Women out and about just a little while ago. Genre scenes, painted by George Dunlop Leslie RA who lived from 1835 to 1921. His father and his uncle were artists, too.

The Goldfish Seller. Undated. British. Oil on canvas mounted to panel. Signed G. D. Leslie on the lower right. Image © 2021 Sothebys. Fair use license. via https://www.sothebys.com/en/buy/auction/2022/the-european-art-sale/the-goldfish-seller
The Convent Garden/In A Convent Garden . ca. 1857-1859. British. Oil on canvas. Image source; The Athenaeum. Located at Sudley House, Collections of the National Museums Liverpool. artuk.org. Artwork in the public domain because the artist died over 100 years ago. via https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:George_Dunlop_Leslie_-_The_Convent_Garden.jpg
 Girl in a Punt. 1859. British. Watercolor and pastel on medium, moderately textured, cream wove paper. Collections of and image source the Yale Center for British Art. CC0 License 1.0. via https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:George_Dunlop_Leslie_-Girl_in_a_PuntB1993.30.104-_Yale_Center_for_British_Art.jpg




Fortunes. Undated. British. Oil on canvas. Image source: Christies. Artwork in the public domain in the United States because the artist died over 70 years ago. via https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:George_Dunlop_Leslie_-_Fortunes.jpg

Flower pictures done in gouache in China by Chinese artists for the European market. ca. 1850. Chinese School, Cheongqua. All of these being from the same lot up for bid in a current Sotheby’s auction which is composed of three folios.

Pink and white flowers with a hovering butterfly. ca. 1850. Chinese School, Cheongqua. Gouache on mounted pith paper with silk borders with the red inked stamp of Cheongqua on each endpaper. Image © 2021 Sothebys. Fair use license. via https://www.sothebys.com/en/buy/books-manuscripts/_chinese-nobility-flora-and-fauna-albums-e802
Pinkish/red flowers with two butterflie. ca. 1850. Chinese School, Cheongqua. Gouache on mounted pith paper with silk borders with the red inked stamp of Cheongqua on each endpaper. Image © 2021 Sothebys. Fair use license. via https://www.sothebys.com/en/buy/books-manuscripts/_chinese-nobility-flora-and-fauna-albums-e802

The insides of rooms, mostly in Vienna. If you stare at them long enough you can time travel back long enough to take a nap on the sofa. Austrian artist, Rudolf Ritter van Alt. Living from 1812 to 1905, he studied at the  Akademie der bildenden Künste in Vienna. Part of a 19th century fashion for having watercolor portraits done of the rooms in your mansion.


The Morning Room of the Palais Lanckoronski, Vienna. 1881. Austrian. Watercolor heightened with white on paper. Private collection. Image source: the-athenaeum.org. Artwork in the public domain in the United States because the artist died over 100 years ago. via https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Rudolf_Ritter_von_Alt_004.jpg
Salon in the Apartment of Count Lanckoroński in Vienna. 1881. Austrian. Watercolor heightened with white on paper. Collection of Thomas le Claire, art dealer, Hamburg as of 2003. Image source: Image source: the-athenaeum.org. Artwork in the public domain in the United States because the artist died over 100 years ago. via https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Rudolf_Ritter_von_Alt_002.jpg
 Innenansicht des Palmenhauses von Schloss Eisgrub. 1842. Austrian. Watercolor. Collections of the Liechtenstein Museum, Vienna. In the public domain in the United States because the artist died over 100 years ago. via https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Rudolf_von_Alt_011.jpg

Flower pictures and illustrations by Australian artist Ellis Rowan (Marian Ellis Rowan). Living from 1848 to 1922, she was also a botanical illustrator and did a series of illustrations on birds, butterflies and insects.

“Flame Azalea, Rhododendron calendulaceum . 1901. Australian. Offset color reproduction of a painting that was used as an illustration in Alice Lounsberry’s 1901 work Southern Wild Flowers and Trees. In the public domain in the United States because the artist died in 1922 and because it was published in the United States before 1923. via https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Rhododendron_calendulaceumCDP119A.jpg
One of six studies of Australian flora and funghi of Papua New Guinea. Undated, before 1922. Australian. Watercolor and bodycolor on card. Signed on the lower left. Image © Christie’s 2021. Fair use license. via https://www.christies.com/en/lot/lot-5115271
“Golden rod and grasses.” Undated, before 1922. Australian. Watercolor and gouache on board. Image © Bonhams 2001-2021. Fair use license. via https://www.bonhams.com/auctions/16606/lot/197/
“Sunflower daisy.” Undated, before 1922. Australian. Watercolor and gouache on board. Image © Bonhams 2001-2021. Fair use license. via https://www.bonhams.com/auctions/16606/lot/197/
“Flowering Plum.” Undated, before 1922. Australian. Watercolor and gouache on board. Image © Bonhams 2001-2021. Fair use license. via https://www.bonhams.com/auctions/16606/lot/197/

A selection of Roman sites done in gouache by Italian topographical artist Carlo Labruzzi who lived from 1748 to 1817. His drawings were very popular with those making the Grand Tour.

“Arch of Galliano.” 18th-19th c. before 1817. Gouache heavy cream laid paper. Image © Swann Auction Galleries. Fair use license. via https://catalogue.swanngalleries.com/Lots/auction-lot/CARLO-LABRUZZI–Rome-1748-1817-Perugia–Group-of-4-gouache-d?saleno=2586&lotNo=610&refNo=789501.
“Waterfalls in the Villa Maecenas in Tivoli.” 18th-19th c. before 1817. Gouache heavy cream laid paper. Image © Swann Auction Galleries. Fair use license. via https://catalogue.swanngalleries.com/Lots/auction-lot/CARLO-LABRUZZI–Rome-1748-1817-Perugia–Group-of-4-gouache-d?saleno=2586&lotNo=610&refNo=789501.
“Tempio della Fortuna Virile.” 18th-19th c. before 1817. Gouache heavy cream laid paper. Image © Swann Auction Galleries. Fair use license. via https://catalogue.swanngalleries.com/Lots/auction-lot/CARLO-LABRUZZI–Rome-1748-1817-Perugia–Group-of-4-gouache-d?saleno=2586&lotNo=610&refNo=789501.
“Avanzo del Tempio della Concordia.” 18th-19th c. before 1817. Gouache heavy cream laid paper. Image © Swann Auction Galleries. Fair use license. via https://catalogue.swanngalleries.com/Lots/auction-lot/CARLO-LABRUZZI–Rome-1748-1817-Perugia–Group-of-4-gouache-d?saleno=2586&lotNo=610&refNo=789501.

Please note that the auction house catalog lists the titles and I have done my best to identify which is which but I could be wrong. Thank you! Sarah.

Watercolors from an album documenting Lieutenant Colonel William Godfrey Rason’s 1857-1861expedition from England to Southeast Asia with the Royal Marines, on board HMS Chesapeake. Bonham’s website states that there are 65 watercolors. The post here includes the ones that are shown in their catalog.

“The Princess Charlotte – Hong Kong 1857.” Signed on the lower right. Image © Bonhams 2001-2021. Fair use license. via https://www.bonhams.com/auctions/27097/lot/5/?category=list&length=12&page=1
“At the Gun Battery, Chatham.” 1857-1861. Image © Bonhams 2001-2021. Fair use license. via https://www.bonhams.com/auctions/27097/lot/5/?category=list&length=12&page=1
No description shown. 1857-1861. Image © Bonhams 2001-2021. Fair use license. via https://www.bonhams.com/auctions/27097/lot/5/?category=list&length=12&page=1
No description shown. 1857-1861. Image © Bonhams 2001-2021. Fair use license. via https://www.bonhams.com/auctions/27097/lot/5/?category=list&length=12&page=1
“Port Louis Mauritius taken from the bell buoy at anchor – The Pouce Mountain.”857-1861. Signed on the lower right. Image © Bonhams 2001-2021. Fair use license. via https://www.bonhams.com/auctions/27097/lot/5/?category=list&length=12&page=1
“Nagasaki, Japan.” 1861. Signed and dated on the lower left. Image © Bonhams 2001-2021. Fair use license. via https://www.bonhams.com/auctions/27097/lot/5/?category=list&length=12&page=1
“Chinese gun in the Taku Forts” (upper image). “Rocks – Miau-Tau Islands.” (lower image). 1857-1861. Both signed on the lower left. Image © Bonhams 2001-2021. Fair use license. via https://www.bonhams.com/auctions/27097/lot/5/?category=list&length=12&page=1
“View of the Taku forts mouth of ? River north of China. Attacked successfully 23rd June, 1856.” (upper image) “In the market – Tientsin” (bottom left); “Tatar ponies – Camp near Tientsin – 1860” (bottom right). 1856 and 1860. All three signed on the lower right.. Image © Bonhams 2001-2021. Fair use license. via https://www.bonhams.com/auctions/27097/lot/5/?category=list&length=12&page=1
“Joss house and bazaar at the camp – Tientsin 1860” (upper image) and “In the Market – Camp – Tientsin October, 1860” (lower image). 1860. Both signed on the lower left. Image © Bonhams 2001-2021. Fair use license. via https://www.bonhams.com/auctions/27097/lot/5/?category=list&length=12&page=1
“H.M.S. Atlantic after a collision in Hong Kong Harbor.” 1857-1861. Image © Bonhams 2001-2021. Fair use license. via https://www.bonhams.com/auctions/27097/lot/5/?category=list&length=12&page=1
“City and Suburbs of Nan Tau -1859” (upper image); “Boats of Kintang (?)” (lower image). 1857-1861. Image © Bonhams 2001-2021. Fair use license. via https://www.bonhams.com/auctions/27097/lot/5/?category=list&length=12&page=1
“1859 – at Kowloon looking towards the Halfmoon Pass.” 1859. Image © Bonhams 2001-2021. Fair use license. via https://www.bonhams.com/auctions/27097/lot/5/?category=list&length=12&page=1
“Cape Bab-el-Mandeb – Entrance to Red Sea – Island of Perim” (upper image); “Waterspout at Jeddah – Red Sea- 23rd December, 1858 – as seen from H.M.S. Chesapeake.” 1858. Lower watercolor signed on the lower left. Image © Bonhams 2001-2021. Fair use license. via https://www.bonhams.com/auctions/27097/lot/5/?category=list&length=12&page=1

“Cape Bab-el-Mandeb – Entrance to Red Sea – Island of Perim” (upper image); “Waterspout near Jeddah – Red Sea – 23rd December, 1858 as seen from H.M.S. Chesapeake” (lower image). 1858. Waterspout watercolor signed on the lower left. Image © Bonhams 2001-2021. Fair use license. via https://www.bonhams.com/auctions/27097/lot/5/?category=list&length=12&page=1
“Aden from H.MS. Chesapeake.” Signed and dated 1858 lower center Image © Bonhams 2001-2021. Fair use license. via https://www.bonhams.com/auctions/27097/lot/5/?category=list&length=12&page=1

At the time of the Second Opium War (1856-1860).

Bit of places all dancing in air. Watercolors of designs by England’s John Dibblee Crace. Living from 1838 to 1919, he worked for Queen Victoria. Member of a family firm that helped decorate the Royal Pavilion in Brighton.

“Design for a room with two fireplaces”. ca. 1860. English. Ink, watercolor and gouache on paper. Stamped “John G. Crace & Son / 38 Wigmore Street, W” on the lower right. Collections of the Metropolitan Museum of Art. In the public domain due to age. via https://www.metmuseum.org/art/collection/search/363018?searchField=All&sortBy=Relevance&ft=John+Dibblee+Crace&offset=0&rpp=20&pos=3
“New University Club/Design of stained glass for skylight over staircase”. 19th c. English. Pen and brown ink with watercolor over graphite.  Signed “JD Crace/[indecipherable]” at lower right on the verso. Stamped”John D. Crace / 38 Wigmore Street W” in purple ink at the lower right of recto. Image © 2000–2021 The Metropolitan Museum of Art. Fair use license. via https://www.metmuseum.org/art/collection/search/363512?searchField=All&sortBy=Relevance&ft=John+Dibblee+Crace&offset=0&rpp=20&pos=4




“Elevation of Wall for a Coffee Room”. ca. 1887, English. Watercolor and graphite with touches of gouache. Stamped “John G. Grace and Son / 38 Wigmore Street, W” in purple ink at the lower left. Image © 2000–2021 The Metropolitan Museum of Art. Fair use license. via https://www.metmuseum.org/art/collection/search/363524?searchField=All&sortBy=Relevance&ft=John+Dibblee+Crace&offset=0&rpp=20&pos=5
“Design for Organ Pipes Decorated with Flowers and Fleur-de-lys.” 19th c. English. Watercolor over graphite with touches of gilt. Signed “J.D. Crace” in pen and black ink at the lower right. Image © 2000–2021 The Metropolitan Museum of Art. Fair use license. via https://www.metmuseum.org/art/collection/search/363507?searchField=All&sortBy=Relevance&ft=John+Dibblee+Crace&offset=0&rpp=20&pos=7

Portraits of African animals, hand colored aquatints (watercolors), taken from Samuel and William Daniell’s 1804 work “African Scenery and Animals”. From a family of landscape artists, Samuel Daniells traveled extensively in Africa with his brother William where they drew as they went, publishing their work after. All of these being offered in one lot by Doyle Auctions in New York.

“The African Rhinoceros.” 1804-1805. British. Hand-colored aquatint. Published by the artist in London. Image © 2002-2021 LiveAuctioneers. and Doyle New York. Fair use license. via https://www.liveauctioneers.com/item/108742033_samuel-daniell-the-hippopotamus-the-african-hog-the
“The Hippopotamus.” 1804-1805. British. Hand-colored aquatint. Published by the artist in London. Image © 2002-2021 LiveAuctioneers. and Doyle New York. Fair use license. via https://www.liveauctioneers.com/item/108742033_samuel-daniell-the-hippopotamus-the-african-hog-the
“The Klip-springer.” 1804-1805. British. Hand-colored aquatint. Published by the artist in London. Image © 2002-2021 LiveAuctioneers. and Doyle New York. Fair use license. via https://www.liveauctioneers.com/item/108742033_samuel-daniell-the-hippopotamus-the-african-hog-the
“The African Hog.” 1804-1805. British. Hand-colored aquatint. Published by the artist in London. Image © 2002-2021 LiveAuctioneers. and Doyle New York. Fair use license. via https://www.liveauctioneers.com/item/108742033_samuel-daniell-the-hippopotamus-the-african-hog-the

Up into the Arctic and down to the Antarctic with English watercolorist Charles Hamilton Smith who was also a Lieutenant-Colonel in the Royal Artillery. Living from 1776 to 1859, he painted what he saw as he traveled around the world during his military career.

“Spitzbergen, Bearing South,” from the collection of 75 watercolors entitled “Views of Polar Regions”. 19th c. English. Watercolor and graphite. Collections of the Yale Center for British Arts, New Haven. Image © Yale Center for British Arts. Artwork itself in the public domain due to age. via https://wanderingvertexes.blogspot.com/2021/08/newtontoppen-spitzbergen-by-charles.html
“Remarkable Iceberg seen in July, 1818.” ca. 1818. English. Watercolor and graphite on moderately thick, moderately textured wove paper. Collections of the Collections of the Yale Center for British Arts, New Haven. Image © Yale Center for British Arts, Paul Mellon Collection. Artwork itself in the public domain due to age. via https://artsandculture.google.com/asset/remarkable-iceberg-charles-hamilton-smith-1776%E2%80%931859-belgian/kwFvKsdBrhN6Xw
“Victoria lands, South Polar Regions: Mont Erebus, Ross Island, Antarctica,” from the collection of 75 watercolors entitled “Views of Polar Regions”. 19th c. English. Watercolor and graphite. Collections of the Yale Center for British Arts, New Haven. Image © Yale Center for British Arts. Artwork itself in the public domain due to age. via https://wanderingvertexes.blogspot.com/2019/10/erebus-seen-by-charles-hamilton-smith.html
“Mount Sabine, Victoria Land,  Antarctica, discovered in 1841,” from the collection of 75 watercolors entitled “Views of Polar Regions”. ca. 1841. English. Watercolor. Collections of the Yale Center for British Arts, New Haven. Image © Yale Center for British Arts. Artwork itself in the public domain due to age. via https://wanderingvertexes.blogspot.com/2019/11/mount-sabine-by-charles-hamilton-smith.html