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‘Just tired I specs’, one of a group 16 watercolours by Mabel Lucy Atwell that sold at Bonhams. This example fetched £3400.

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Hugely successful, her illustrations were reproduced in books, adverts, as well as on toys and Shelley porcelain.

Offered on July 25, in one of the regular ‘Homes & Interiors’ sales at Bonhams (25/20/12% buyer’s premium), a group 16 Atwell watercolours all found buyers and raised £22,800.

The most expensive, at £3400, was titled Just tired I specs.