'A Pointer dog' by Maud Earl – £3400 at Charterhouse.

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“Apart from being covered in a film of dust and cobwebs, it was in remarkably original condition and would certainly be described as being market fresh,” said Charterhouse auctioneer Richard Bromell.

The 18in x 2ft (45 x 61cm) oil on canvas was painted by Maud Earl (1864-1943), an Anglo-American artist known for her accurate depictions of dogs.

The picture was estimated at £700-1000 and sold to a US buyer at the auction on January 9.

Earl’s fans included Queen Victoria and Queen Alexandra of Denmark.