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Works by great Belfast artists set to make £200,000

Works by two of Belfast's greatest artists are expected to sell for a total of around £200,000 when they are auctioned off later this month.

Sir John Lavery's 1920 painting A Lady In Brown is set to fetch up to £150,000 at Sotheby's in London on March 29.

At the same sale Paul Henry's picture Achill, Village By The Lake which he painted in the late 1920s or early 1930s, is expected to sell for around £50,000, although that could turn out to be a conservative estimate.

The Lavery painting is of Sir Winston Churchill's sister-in-law, Gwendoline Churchill, who inspired Churchill to take up |painting.

The son of a Belfast |publican, Sir John Lavery was born in Belfast around March 1856 (the precise date is not known) and baptised at St Patrick's in Donegall Street.

This year marks the 70th anniversary of his death and his paintings now fetch hundreds of thousands of pounds.

The current world record for a Lavery picture is £1,321,500, paid at Christie's in London in 1998 for his 1883 oil painting The Bridge At Grez.

Paul Henry was born in Belfast in April 1876 and has been described as “Ireland's greatest 20th century landscape painter”.

The current record for a Henry work is £298,150, paid at Christie's in London in 2002 for his oil painting The Lobster Fisher.

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