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Vincenzo Morani (Italian, 1809–1870), After Michelangelo, A cycle from the Sistine Chapel; The Temptation of Adam and Eve and Expulsion from the Garden of Eden. Watercolor, 9 x 16 1/2 in. Courtesy of John Mitchell & Son.

Only about a half century ago, a collector of drawings might find a Raphael, Durer, Holbein, or Poussin going for a mere few pounds on the London market, admits the British Museum’s Assistant Keeper of Drawings Martin Royalton-Kisch. That’s not to say that works on paper were not valued in the metropolis, for the trade in fine drawings has involved many of the city’s leading art dealers who have developed and sustained the market since the seventeenth century.

Fairfield Porter (American, 1907–1975), Sketch for Fourth of July, ca. 1955–1960. Ink on paper, 10 5/8 x 14 in. Courtesy of Hirschl & Adler.

Today’s vital drawings market is evidenced by Master Drawings in London—a remarkable collaboration between eighteen renowned West End galleries, including John Mitchell & Son, Agnews, and Didier Aaron, who hold simultaneous exhibitions annually during the second week of July. With works dating from 1500 to 1950 and priced from £2,000 to more than £1 million, these focused exhibitions include exceptional discoveries such as a Bronzino study and an Aelbert Cuyp panoramic landscape, both offered by Colnaghi. London, tel.

Edward Dufner (American, 1871–1957), Pink Poppies. Watercolor on paper, 15 1/2 x 11 1/2 in. Courtesy of The Cooley Gallery.

Approximately fifty never-before-exhibited works will be featured in Fairfield Porter: Drawings and Watercolors at Hirschl & Adler Galleries. The gallery has represented the artist and his estate for over twenty-five years, but this marks their first showing of pen-and-ink drawings of the 1950s through the 1970s. Porter’s Maine and Long Island landscapes, interiors, and portraits are priced in the range of $10,000–$15,000. On view September 29 to November 10. Hirschl & Adler Galleries, New York, NY, tel. 212.535.8810.

Fine American Works on Paper, 1850–1920, presented by The Cooley Gallery from September 13 to October 13, will offer works priced between $5,000–$20,000 by Edward Dufner, Fidelia Bridges, John La Farge, Willard Metcalf, Ogden Pleissner, and many more. The Cooley Gallery, Old Lyme, CT, tel. 860.434.8807.

Thomas Rowlandson (British, 1756–1827), The Duchess of Devonshire and her sister, the Countess of Bessborough, 1790. Pen and watercolor over graphite, on laid paper, 19 5/8 x 16 7/8 in. Courtesy of Yale Center for British Art, Paul Mellon Collection. B1975.3.141

There are very few drawings, and no paintings or sculptures, by Michelangelo in American collections. But in Georgia this fall, you can view dozens of works by Italy’s great Renaissance master, including Sistine Chapel preparatory sketches and other works that have never before been displayed in the United States, in Michelangelo: Drawings and Other Treasures from the Casa Buonarroti, Florence. On view at Atlanta’s High Museum through September 2. Atlanta, GA, tel. 404.733.4444.

Drawn from Paul Mellon’s recently bequeathed collection, a selection of eighteenth-century British drawings, part of the most comprehensive holding of British art outside the U.K., make up the exhibition The Line of Beauty at the Yale Center for British Art, on view through September 2. New Haven, CT, tel. 203.432.2800.

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