Georgian portrait picked up by Oldham collector for £20 to sell for thousands

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A PORTRAIT miniature picked up by Oldham art collector Charles Lees for twenty pounds is expected to fetch up to £8,000 at auction this weekend.

The miniature, which depicts famous 17th-century beauty Carey, Countess of Peterborough, is due to go under the hammer on Saturday at the David Duggleby Saleroom in Scarborough.

The portrait, painted by Swedish-born artist Christian, is the centerpiece of a collection depicting the rich and famous of the Georgian period.

The Countess was a royal bridesmaid and one of the “Hampton Court Beauties”, the most glamorous and fashionable ladies of the court of William III.

Danielle Blackledge, Collectibles Specialist, said: “The images in the collection are exquisite portraits of the rich and famous of the Georgian period, by some of the most talented miniaturists of the time.

“Half of them were painted by artists who were Royal favourites, all the artists had aristocratic patrons, and one is the work of an artist who was the type of reference for anyone looking at court of Napoleon who wanted the early 19th century equivalent of a selfie.”

She added: “Charles Lees purchased the Countess of Peterborough miniature on 9 April 1883 from Pall Mall antique dealer Ernest Renton.

“We have the receipt so we know he paid twenty pounds. Carey will earn a little more than that on Saturday, we think it is between £4,000 and £8,000.”

Another of the miniature portraits in the collection which has generated particular interest ahead of the auction is that of a young David Murray, the second Earl of Mansfield, painted by George Engleheart, one of the great miniaturists of the late 19th century. Georgian period.

David Murray, 2nd Earl of Mansfield.

Engleheart was appointed Miniature Painter to King George III, producing at least 25 portraits of the king, along with others of various members of the royal family. His portrait of Murray is expected to fetch between £3,000 and £5,000.

For more information on the auction, visit David Duggleby’s website.

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