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The trio, consigned from separate sources and all secured by the trade, was led by Low Tide, Hunstanton, Norfolk, a signed 20in x 2ft 4in (50 x 70cm) oil on canvas, dated 1950, which sold on bottom estimate at £20,000.

The Thames at Henley, a smaller but equally commercial in subject matter sold for £16,500, while A Norfolk Marsh, October took £7500.

Souza seven

The sale from April 2-5 also contained a seven-lot group of works on paper by the Indian artist Francis Newton Souza (1924-2002), which had all come to the vendor from the nephew of the artist’s wife, Maria Souza.

Together they made around £8000 with the majority of the money coming from a group of early six head studies and portraits from the 1950s, which sold for £3700. Buyers were from India, London and the UK trade.

Titian copy

A copy of Titian’s Woman with a Mirror, described by the auction house as a “very handsome Old Master picture”, sold for £11,000, nearly five times the top guide. The 3ft 3in x 2ft 5in (1m x 73cm) oil on panel of the famous work, which hangs in the Louvre in Paris, came from an ‘international’ collection and was catalogued without a date.