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Formerly attributed to Thomas Gainsborough, this work by Irish portrait painter Hugh Douglas Hamilton depicting John Russell, 4th Duke of Bedford, with his grandson George Churchill, the future 5th Duke of Marlborough, is estimated at £60,000-90,000 in Moore Allen & Innocent’s auction on March 8.

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Formerly attributed to Thomas Gainsborough, this portrait by Irish portrait painter Hugh Douglas Hamilton (1740-1808) depicts John Russell, 4th Duke of Bedford, with his grandson George Churchill, the future 5th Duke of Marlborough.

Hamilton majored in small-scale pastel portraits, but occasionally worked in oil and produced a number of full-length figure groups. The 7ft 7in x 4ft 1in (2.32 x 1.48m) work first sold at a Christie’s auction in 1868, passing through various hands until it was bought by the vendor in 1973 at Sotheby’s.

It has since hung in a large Cotswolds house and will form part of the contents due to be sold at local Cirencester saleroom Moore Allen & Innocent on March 8.

Estimate £60,000-90,000.

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