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'Turf Stacks in Connemara' by Paul Henry – estimated at Aus$60,000-80,000 at Leonard Joel.

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Turf Stacks in Connemara, a 14¼ x 16in (36 x 41cm) signed oil on canvas, is one of 10 pictures from the Strachan family collection that has been consigned to the Fine Art Auction at Leonard Joel in Melbourne on September 3.

The collection was primarily put together by James Ford Strachan III and IV – the grandson and great-grandson of James Ford Strachan, who emigrated to Tasmania from Scotland in 1832 and became a wealthy wool merchant and politician.

The family later settled in Melbourne where they built the first brick building in the city. The works were consigned from the estate of James Ford Strachan IV.

The stark and atmospheric Henry landscape was believed to have been acquired by James Ford Strachan III – it was thought it to be “a little landscape dad bought on his travels”.

The estimate is Aus$60,000-80,000.

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