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'The Bristol Mail', 1820, by James Pollard, which sold for £13,000. at John Nicholson's.

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The Haslemere saleroom has been dispersing the collection of a single anonymous collector, who assembled the group from London dealers over several decades (see Art Market, ATG No 2280).

A signed, 2ft 6in x 3ft 4in (76cm x 1.01m) oil on canvas entitled The Bristol Mail, 1820, by the well-known coaching artist James Pollard (1792-1867) was among the latest from the consignment to go under the hammer. Depicting the Bristol to London Royal Mail coach in 1820, painted against a rosy pink sky, it tipped just over top estimate to sell to a private collector at £13,000.

Though prices have dipped over the years, recent results have shown that demand is still there for quality works by good names, such as Pollard, albeit at more modest sums than 20 or 30 years ago.