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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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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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Robert Smith

Regional Director, South East

Robert Smith is Bonhams' Regional Director for the Southeast. Based in Guildford, he travels throughout the counties of Surrey, Sussex, Kent and Hampshire offering valuations for auction, probate and …

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Emma Sykes

Regional Manager, West of England

Emma Sykes is General Manager and Picture Specialist for Bonhams Bath, where she has been based since 2006. She previously worked at Bonhams Chester saleroom, having joined the company in 1997. Emma i…

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Stefania Lumetta

Junior specialist Old master and 19th century paintings

Stefania Lumetta is a Junior Specialist for Old Master Paintings and 19th Century Art departments in Paris.

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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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Rocco Rich

Senior Specialist

Rocco Rich is a Fine Arts Specialist of 19th Century European Paintings at Bonhams in Los Angeles. With over 20 years' experience in the field, he is responsible for the company's West Coast evaluatio…

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Elizabeth Haff

Specialist, American & European Works of Art

Elizabeth Haff is a Specialist for American & European Works of Art at Bonhams Skinner. Her major area of interest is 19th century painting. Joinging Bonhams Skinner in 2009, Elizabeth had over 25 yea…

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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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Romey Clark


Romey Clark is a Cataloguer for the Picture department at Bonhams Knightsbridge in London. She supports the British & European Art auctions, specifically focussing on British Paintings from the 19th a…

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Aurore Vesin


Aurore Vesin is a Cataloguer for the Pictures department at Bonhams Knightsbridge in London. She works on the British and European Art sales, focusing on 19th and 20th century European art. Aurore als…

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