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The West Country Sporting Sale
Greenslade Taylor Hunt ~ Friday 28th March 2003

Two Terrier Puppies Chasing a Rat - this colour print by Cecil Aldin is estimated
in the catalogue at just £150-£250 but as interest in Aldin's work continues to grow,
so do the prices achieved, especially for dog related prints such as this.

Somerset auctioneers Greenslade, Taylor, Hunt from Taunton, have put together another cracking sale of sporting items, art and related items, writes Paul Keevil.

The sale contains a large number of books, prints and paintings related to hunting, horses, fishing and dogs. There is a superb selection of 37 Cecil Aldin prints, ten by "Snaffles" and thirty six from Lionel Edwards, these are in addition to prints after Sir Alfred Munnings, Frank Patton, Michael Lyne, Ruben Ward Binks and Thomas Blinks.

Dragon, a head study of an Alsatian, by F Mabel Hollams (1877-1963) One of three paintings in the sale by the eccentric female artist by F Mabel Hollams (1877-1963), estimated at £300-£500. Her other works in the sale are ‘Sheba’ a fawn Gt Dane standing on a driveway (£600-£800) and ‘Judy’ a seated yellow labrador (£300-£500)

In the original paintings section there are three works by the much collected F Mabel Hollams and an original oil by Mick Cawston. There are a number of models included in the sale which in total has over 1,100 items catalogued.

The sale takes place on Friday March 28th starting at 10:30am. For further details please call the auctioneers on: 01823 332525 or fax on 01823 353120. They can be e-mailed at:, or visit their web site:

This provincial sale room regularly holds excellent sporting sales and if you are unable to get to this one, take my advice and get on their mailing list for their sporting catalogues for future sales.

Portrait of a pair of Greyhounds - by Sylvester Martin (active 1856-1906). This fine painting signed and dated 1879, showing two greyhounds with a coursing scene behind is expected to fetch between £800-£1200 when it goes under the hammer in Taunton this week