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For nearly half a century, the Indian artist Harkrishan Lall (1921-2000) painted people and landscapes.

Andrew Smith & Son will offer two abstract paintings by Lall in its sale on November 7-8 in Itchen Stoke, near Winchester. The oils were acquired in the 1970s by the vendor, a retired Indian doctor, who purchased them from the artist at a National Academy of Art exhibition in New Delhi in the 1970s.

Dark Rocks, pictured here, measuring 2ft 8in x 2ft (81 x 61cm), bears an original exhibition label to the verso. The other is an untitled oil of a hilltop village with angular rooftops. They are estimated at £1000-2000 each.

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This Victorian silver tea service is going under the hammer at Charterhouse’s two-day sale in Sherborne on November 16-17.

The set was made in London, 1846, and is engraved with flowers, foliage and strapwork. Estimate £400-600.



Anne Grosvenor, Duchess of Westminster, had a lifelong passion for riding and horses.

She became well-known as the owner of the great steeplechaser Arkle, winner of three Cheltenham Gold Cups, and her 1985 Grand National winner, Last Suspect – a 50/1 outsider.

Seven paintings commissioned by the duchess will be sold on behalf of her charity at Graham Budd’s sale in London on November 13-14. Included in the group is this 19in x 2ft 5in (49 x 74cm) oil on canvas of the duchess standing in a paddock with Last Suspect and another steeplechaser, Ballyross.

Leesa Sandys-Lumsdaine (1936-85) painted the majority of the picture, but died before she could finish it. The painting, estimated at £750-1000, was subsequently completed by Diana Douglas-Hamilton in 1987.

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'On June 5, 1879 in South Africa, Surgeon Major Hartley attended the wounded under fire at the unsuccessful attack at Morosi’s Mountain, Basutoland. From an exposed position, on open ground, he carried in his arms a wounded corporal of the Cape Mounted Riflemen. The surgeon major then returned under severe enemy fire in order to dress the wounds of other men of the storming party.'

This was how the 32-year-old Surgeon Major (later Colonel) Edmund Baron Hartley (1847-1919) was awarded his Victoria Cross during the so-called Basuto Gun War.

Auction house Dominic Winter will offer his miniature ‘Basuto Gun War’ VC group on November 9 in Cirencester. It has been consigned from an estate in Kent and is estimated at £1500-2000.

The group also includes the Cape of Good Hope General Service Medal with three clasps, 1880-97. Just 13 recipients qualified for all three bars, with Hartley the only VC winner.

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