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One of the works by Dorothy Mead sold by dealers Waterhouse & Dodd.

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In around three weeks, he recalls, the gallery sold five good oils by the artist, such as the one pictured above, followed by steady sales of her works on paper ever since.

On the subject of female artists, he says: “There is a rise in interest, but it’s not because these artists are women per se. It is because they are good. The neglect they may have suffered during their careers led to a lack of exposure and promotion and so now their prices often appear lower.”