16 June 2000,
Price realised GBP 24,675
GBP 5,000 - GBP 8,000
Attributed to Michael Dahl (c.1659-1743)
Portrait of John Churchill, 1st Duke of Marlborough (1650-1722), three-quarter-length, in armour with a red ermine trimmed robe, holding a baton in his right hand, in a landscape with a battle beyond
oil on canvas
50 x 40½ in. (127 x 103 cm.)
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