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1. This undated 13 x 19in (33 x 49cm) oil on board of nude figures swimming in a river tipped over its £200-250 estimate at Plymouth Auction Rooms on May 9. Painted by American-born English artist George Faulkner Wetherbee (1851-1920), this landscape was among his more affordable idyllic works.

2. At peak demand in the 1990s, works by Birmingham still-life painter Oliver Clare (1853-1927) were fetching five-figure sums. Although prices have softened since then, they still feature regularly on the secondary market. This 9 x 12in (23 x 30cm) oil on board of a fruit still-life on a marble ledge more than doubled its top guide at Malvern auction house Philip Serrell.

3. Like those of his famous teacher John Atkinson Grimshaw, Walter Linsley Meegan’s (1859-1944) atmospheric moonlit scenes command a premium. A more affordable entry at Dee, Atkinson & Harrison in East Yorkshire on May 11 was this signed 11½ x 16in (29 x 40cm) oil on board daytime scene of Whitby harbour, which nearly doubled its top guide.

Prices do not include buyer’s premium