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There were also two notable half-length portraits: a likeness of a prosperous and respectable-looking Mr Robertson by Sir Henry Raeburn, 2ft 4in x 2ft (75 x 62cm) at £13,000 and a more romantic portrait of a young man in a high white cravat with flowing auburn locks by Sir Thomas Lawrence. The auctioneers had originally taken this to be Sir George Cornewall, 2nd Bt, the distinguished statesman and scholar.

They later revised their identification to Sir George Cornewall, 3rd Bt, but Lawrence's dashing brushwork nevertheless carried it past its top estimate to £32,000.

Both portraits had been bought from Leger in July 1947.