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Blake in the Marketplace, 2018


Robert N. Essick

Works by Blake’s circle and followers had a stronger presence in the 2018 auction season than his own productions. Henry Fuseli’s Vision of Orestes, offered by Christie’s New York in January, was bid a few steps over its high estimate to achieve a hammer price of $175,000 ($218,750 including the buyer’s premium). Another dramatic composition by Fuseli, The Faerie Queene Appears to Prince Arthur, fetched almost three times high estimate at Christie’s London in July, thereby setting a record price for a drawing by the artist.


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