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Dealer Derek Newman.

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1 How did you get your start as a dealer?

My late mother, Heather Newman, established the business at her home in Gloucestershire in 1969. After ignoring the piles of pictures in our home as a child, I eventually joined her in partnership in 1986.

2 What challenges are facing the trade in the coming months?

The loss of fairs as a marketplace for both sales and establishing relationships with clients. The internet is too impersonal to replace either. However, there is still a trend for quality. There is a world of difference between the ‘best and the rest’ – in any field.

3 One lesson you would like to pass on to future dealers?

There are no short-cuts to the accumulation of experience. I continually rely on my ‘eye’ and knowledge to identify the artist’s hand of unsigned and hence uncatalogued watercolours of the ‘English School’.

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Joseph Murray Ince’s watercolour The Horse Guards from the Park, signed and dated 1833, is offered for £1150 in Newman’s annual watercolour exhibition.

4 What is something you couldn’t do without?

The skills of my paper conservator.

5 Real ale or espresso martini?

Real Cotswold ale in a real Cotswold pub.

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