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Dog portraits once owned by Gallaher boss up for auction

A series of three illustrations for Gallaher cigarette cards
A series of three illustrations for Gallaher cigarette cards

By Staff Reporter

Paintings of dogs owned by a Belfast-based tobacco executive in the 1930s are set to be auctioned off.

The artwork was copied for the cigarette manufacturer's collectible cards, inserted into packets in their heyday during the 1920s and 1930s.

While most were based on artwork produced by commercial artists, they rarely come up for sale in the modern day.

On April 30, Sworders in Stansted Mountfitchet, Essex, will be auctioning off a dozen canine portraits painted in oil on card and created for Gallaher's packets.

The vendor's father was the marketing director for Belfast-based Gallaher when the series was issued in 1936.

The complete set of 48 is quite common and worth under £10. However, trios depicting the Welsh Springer Spaniel, Cumberland Spaniel and Cocker Spaniel, and another of the Welsh Setter, English Setter and Dandie Dismount Terrier, sell for up to £500.

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