American Watercolors, Drawings & Prints

Freeman’s American Watercolors, Drawings & Prints specialists have a long-standing reputation for conducting successful sales of significant American artists at auction, both from our Philadelphia based auction house and via our online sales. Their considerable expertise regarding current market conditions for American works of art have been essential to the overall favorable results of these events. Within this specialty area, these auctions offer a variety of items, from watercolors, drawings, etchings and engravings, to aquatints and lithographs.

Amongst collectors of American art prints, James Abbott McNeill Whistler's Venetian etchings and London views are particularly sought after. Also in great demand are the works of twentieth century printmakers such as Edward Hopper and Martin Lewis. Recently, a Martin Lewis print, “Shadow Dance”, garnered $43,750. Additionally, the Ashcan Artists including Everett Shinn, George Bellows and John Sloan, Regionalists such as Thomas Hart Benton and Grant Wood, and noted women artists as diverse as Mary Cassatt and Blanche Lazzell—have had works offered in Freeman’s auctions. Noteworthy auction results of American art in this category include the sale of James Abbott McNeill Whistler's small but stunning watercolor, “Blue and Opal - the Photographer” which brought $469,000, and more recently, a fine Andrew Wyeth watercolor, “Young Buck,” that sold for $125,000; and Jamie Wyeth’s drybrush entitled “We’ve Got Your Pickle” which resulted in $209,000.

As part of our American Art & Pennsylvania Impressionists auctions, Freeman’s offers American Watercolors, Drawings & Prints twice annually. To make an appointment for a private and complimentary consultation, please contact one of our specialists.

Related Departments: Illustration Art, Pennsylvania Impressionists, American Paintings & Sculpture

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