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The extensive collection of 600 lots, expected to fetch some £500,000, comes from one of the most carefully nurtured Victorian interiors in London, reflecting the late Mr Grant’s roles as eminent architect, interior designer and founding member and first Secretary of the Victorian Society.
However, the house in London’s Notting Hill was a closely guarded secret with few visitors, so there will be much interest in the very personal assemblage of pictures, furniture, sculpture and works of art on view in Hammersmith Road from September 14 to 17.

The Grant catalogue will also cause interest since, like the rooms, it is a new look for Sotheby’s with a modern logo and compact, chunkier size more easily carried around than the larger format Bond Street glossies.