A set of 36 Anglo-Indian Company School Delhi or Agra oval miniatures dating to 1827 and depicting India’s nobility and their wives.

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The 2 x 1 1/2in (5 x 4cm) watercolours had failed when offered by a national charity in a major London auction house at £800-1200 and so Mr Kirk tempted buyers with a modest £300-400 estimate.

However he thought them worth promoting with prominent illustrations and full catalogue notes.

The group caught the attention of several interested bidders selling to one at £3000.