Christie’s Victorian & British Impressionist Art Sale Highlights Include Works by Millais, Rossetti & Burne-Jones

artwork: Simeon Solomon - "A Prelude by Bach", 1868 - Pencil, watercolour and bodycolour on paper laid on canvas - 43.2 x 65 cm. - Courtesy of Christies, London, where it will be auctioned in the Victorian & British Impressionist Art sale on December 15th - Estimate: £200,000-300,000

London – Christie’s Victorian & British Impressionist Art sale will offer 90 paintings and works on paper at auction on December 15th 2011, by a variety of artists ranging from the Pre-Raphaelites to the British Impressionists, including John Everett Millais, Dante Gabriel Rossetti, Edward Burne-Jones, Frank Cadogan Cowper, Alfred James Munnings, George Clausen and Wilfred Gabriel de Glehn, for an overall estimate in excess of £4.5 million. The sale is led by the masterly panorama “Derby Day” by William Powell Frith, RA (1819-1909), which is the first original working of the famous “Derby Day” painting, the masterpiece of the artist at Tate Britain. Fresh to the market, this significant picture has been recently rediscovered in New England, North America where it hung on the walls of an unlocked beach house for the past 50 years – it is estimated at £300,000 to £500,000. Based on photographic studies by Robert Howlett, the Tate picture was so popular that it had to be protected by a specially installed rail and a police officer when it was initially shown at the Royal Academy of Arts.