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However, in terms of Victorian pictures, provincial salerooms continue to offer bidders some interesting and eye-pleasing lots. In terms of topographical interest and anecdotal detail, this mid-19th century Charles Pilkington White canvas, above right, of Dover Harbour, measuring 20in by 2ft 6in (51 x 76cm), seemed not overly expensive when it sold at £1100 at the Leicester rooms of Heathcote Ball (12.5% buyer’s premium) on February 28.

The previous day at the Wotton Auction Rooms (15% buyer’s premium) similarly good value appeared to be represented by a pair of William Meadows views of Venice, measuring 91/4 by 21in (23 x 53cm), one of which is shown below right. Both signed and respectively inscribed Grand Canal, Venice and Guidecca, Venice, the pair sold to a North Country dealer at £1400.