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The first Lord Leverhulme was a Victorian industrialist in the grand manner, and his art collection expanded at the same pace as his domestic products empire. Every week his picture dealers, Gooden and Fox, would send him sale catalogues marked up with recommended purchases (Leverhulme spent £14,852 with the St James’s firm during one week in November 1919). This tiny oil was duly purchased on his behalf at Christie’s sale of Sir George Henschel’s collection in 1916, at a cost of £26. Hazlitt Gooden and Fox faced a stiffer contest at the Leverhulme sale before buying it back for £92,000 (plus 20/15/10% buyer’s premium).