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Painting and a Clue to a Murder Mystery Under the Hammer in Dorchester

Constable Painting

7:47am 26th September 2013

A painting by one of Britain's greatest artists, which was discovered in Dorset is being auctioned today (Thursday 26th September).

The original work by John Constable is of several Tall Ships and is expected to sell for more than £5,000.

The Constable watercolour was spotted by experts sandwiched between a collection of low-value 19th century prints and watercolours in an old brown folio.

The folios had been inherited by the current owner from a relative, Philip Coates,  a published philosopher and youngest son of Henry Coates, founder of Coates Brothers Printing Inks in the East End, London. Coates Brothers became well known during the first half of the 20th century for developing a new type of newspaper printing ink using soot. Coates began building his collection of works in the 1960's with examples of different printing methods. At a later date he expanded his collection into original works such as watercolours and drawings.  

'He was an astute collector and built a record of each work he acquired, it's title, artist, medium and any provenance of the work known. It is his records that have enabled us to trace this Constable painting' says Amy Brenan.

Also going under the hammer at Dukes auctioneers in Dorchester are medical notes of Lord Lucan which suggest he might have had surgery to change his face.

Lord Lucan disappeared without trace in 1974 after his children's nanny was found murdered.

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