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19th Century & Orientalist Paintings

Bonhams 19th Century & Orientalist Paintings auctions offer a range of pictures by important 19th and early 20th century British and European artists. We hold six auctions a year in London, including an annual sale of Orientalist Art in October. In addition, we participate in numerous multi-category themed sales in London, Paris and Los Angeles.

The market for 19th century art has performed consistently well in recent years, with Orientalist art in particular seeing significant growth. Our carefully curated auctions bring together leading artists alongside lesser-seen names, attracting global interest from private collectors, trade clients and institutions. We enjoy a higher sell-through rate than our major competitors and our sales often achieve world auction record prices, a recent example being Osman Hamdi Bey's Young Woman Reading.

Buying and selling 19th century and Orientalist paintings at Bonhams
Bonhams 19th Century & Orientalist Paintings department has specialists and representatives across the UK, Europe and the United States. Our experienced, friendly and approachable team are on hand to assist you with all aspects of buying and selling at auction, or offer a tailored service to meet your particular requirements through Bonhams Private Sales.

With offices and representatives in 22 countries, Bonhams gives buyers and sellers access to a global network of collectors and unparalleled marketing resources to achieve the highest price and level of client satisfaction possible. Contact a specialist directly for more information or submit your item online for a free auction estimate.

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Charles O'Brien

Director, Head of Department

Charles O'Brien graduated from St Andrews University with a Masters degree in the History of Art in 1982. He worked for Sotheby's for nine years and then joined Bonhams as Head of the 19th century pai…

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Peter Rees

Director, Head of Sales

Peter Rees is a Director and Head of Sale for Bonhams Victorian and 19th Century European Art Department, which sells a rich and diverse range of paintings by the leading British and European artists …

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Thomas Seaman


Thomas Seaman is a Specialist for 19th Century Paintings at Bonhams New Bond Street in London, working on the twice yearly 19th Century Paintings sale and the annual Orientalist Art sale. After studyi…

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Veronique Scorer

Head of Department

Veronique Scorer was appointed Head of Pictures, Knightsbridge, in 2009 and loves the diversity of this busy, vibrant saleroom. Sales of Modern British & Irish Art, Prints & Multiples, British & Europ…

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Robin Starr

Vice President | American & European Works of Art

Robin S.R. Starr is Vice President and Director of American & European Works of Art at Bonhams Skinner, one of the company's most important departments. She manages a staff of specialists who appraise…

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Alistair Laird

Department Director

Alistair Laird is Director of 19th Century Pictures and consults for the Marine Pictures auctions. The highlight of his career was discovering a lost painting of Richmond Hill by the American artist J…

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Richard Hopkinson

Head of Department

Richard Hopkinson is Northern region valuer of paintings, prints and maps. Richard has worked in the art world since 1980 and joined the picture department of Phillips North West in 1994. In 2001, Ric…

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May Matthews

Managing Director, Scotland

May Matthews is Specialist and Head of Sale for Scottish Art and Managing Director of Bonhams Scotland. She has a particular interest in East Lothian artists, such as W.D. McKay, Robert Noble, Sir Wil…

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Johann Leibbrandt


Johann Leibbrandt, Bonhams Senior Representative in Madrid, has been with the company since 2004. He read Art History followed by an MA in Restoration and Rehabilitation of Spanish Patrimony at Complu…

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Morgan Martin

Head of Department

Morgan Martin is Head of Department for American Art at Bonhams in New York. Joining Bonhams in 2021, Morgan has over a decade of auction experience, with an emphasis in 19th and 20th century American…

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