Blackbrook Gallery features 'Cheviot Ram', attributed to William Shiels. It is available for £14,950.

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The c.1840 oil is attributed to William Shiels. It is believed to have been commissioned by Prof David Low to be considered for his book The Breeds of the Domestic Animals of the British Isles (1842). Now mostly held in Scottish institutions, the original works that inspired the volume’s lithographs are rare to come to the market and this work is offered for £14,950.

More than 60 dealers will participate in the online fair which runs from May 15-31, a far longer stretch than its usual three days.

September hopes

The Antiques Dealers Fair Limited currently plans to hold a physical Petworth fair from September 11-13, providing that restrictions have lifted and it is safe to do so.

Meanwhile, organiser Ingrid Nilson says: “Many people are celebrating birthdays, anniversaries and have lost holiday plans, so the dealers are offering alternative treats to perk up lockdown.” 


This set of 17th century walnut chairs is offered by Elaine Phillips Antiques for £2500.

Each participant presents highlighted stock on the Petworth site along with a link to their personal web pages.

Other featured items include an 18th century portrait from Karen Taylor Fine Art, a c.1740 Bristol Delft charger from Roger de Ville Antiques and a set of four 17th century walnut caned side chairs shown by first-time exhibitor Elaine Phillips Antiques.