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1. This oil on canvas by New Zealand artist Richard (Dick) Frizzell (b.1943) appeared at Chiswick Auctions on March 24. The artist, who taught painting at the Elam School of Art, University of Auckland, is represented in a number of public collections in his home country. This abstract from 2020 titled Link II drew plenty of interest against a £80-150 estimate and sold on thesaleroom.com

2. Livestock painter Edwin May Fox (fl.1830-70) may not be a well-known name but he had some success in his day as a painter of horses in particular. Two of his finest works are the pair of chestnut horses painted in their stables that are kept in the National Trust’s Wimpole Hall. But he also painted prize cattle, dogs and sheep, such as this 11¾ x 13½in (30 x 34cm) oil on board of a pig outside a sty that exceeded its £250-350 guide at Halls of Shrewsbury on March 18.

3. The subject matter and style of this large coastal scene by Robert William Hill (1932-90) would have been familiar to followers of the artist at auction. At 4ft x 6ft (1.23 x 1.84m), the oil on board was also something of a statement piece and it overshot a £500-800 estimate at Hutchinson Scott on March 25.

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