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Rare sketch could be worth PS30k.

Byline: PADDY SHENNAN ECHO Writer paddyshennan@liverpoolecho.co.uk @PaddyShennan

ART lovers in Liverpool who have a few spare bob after Christmas could snap up this rare original sketch by Dante Gabriel Rossetti - for between PS20,000 and PS30,000 (if they're lucky!) The London-born poet, illustrator, painter and translator (1828-1882) was one of the leading lights of the Pre-Raphaelite movement and founder of the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood, and this preliminary pencil drawing was once owned by fellow artist LS Lowry.

It is called Study for Morning Music, and formed the basis of a watercolour painted in 1864 for William Graham, one of Rossetti's most important patrons.

The watercolour, now in the collection of the Fitzwilliam Museum, in Cambridge, features a golden-haired woman having her hair dressed while music is played on a cithern (a 16thcentury instrument resembling a guitar with a pear-shaped soundbox) by a male youth.

The sketch will be auctioned by Adam Partridge Auctioneers and Valuers at their Liverpool saleroom, in Jordan Street, in February.

Senior valuer Marc Anderson said: "It comes with complete provenance, including the fact it was once the property of LS Lowry. There is currently running at the Lowry, in Manchester, an exhibition entitled Lowry and The Pre-Raphaelites, investigating Lowry's fascination with the classical style of art produced by this movement, and how it influenced his own work."

He adds: "We received a call from a gentleman in the Southport area who had bought the drawing from the Lowry sale at Christie's, in 1984. He intends to reinvest in a painting by Frederick Lord Leighton, or perhaps one of the lesser pre-Raphaelites, as he wants to look at something of colour.

"It has been estimated at PS20,000-PS30,000 and we are amassing a suitable sale to be held here at the Liverpool saleroom so that we can sell it some time in February."

And there is a good chance it might far exceed PS20,000 to PS30,000.

Marc adds: "Examples have recently been sold for PS44,000 and PS54,000, but without having as good a provenance as this.

"We are thrilled to have been able to consign this, as we offer a lot of Lowry paintings and prints at our Macclesfield saleroom, and to have such a rare preliminary sketch before the painting on canvas of this iconic piece, right at the time The Lowry is running its exhibition, is fantastic serendipity. "These types of pictures are normally only seen from the other side of a barrier and, with the sex and scandal that surrounds the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood being aired in recent TV dramas, it comes with intrigue fresh in the public's mind."

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The Study for Morning Music; and, inset, the finished work

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