British, Dutch and Flemish Masters to Lead Sotheby’s 2010 Summer Sale

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LONDON.- Sotheby’s summer Evening Sale of Old Master and British Paintings in London will take place on Wednesday, July 7, 2010 and taking centre stage will be J.M.W. Turner’s breathtaking masterpiece Modern Rome – Campo Vaccino. The sale will further comprise: a strong selection of works by Dutch and Flemish 17th century artists including members of the Brueghel dynasty, Frans Hals and Jan Lievens; a rare painting by the British artist James Ward; and little-known and newly-discovered works by the great Spanish still life painter of the 18th century, Luis Meléndez, the 14th century Italian artist Barnaba da Modena and John Constable. Some 57 lots will be presented for sale overall, with a combined pre-sale estimate in the region £35 million. J.M.W. Turner’s Modern Rome – Campo Vaccino is undoubtedly one of the most important works by the British master ever to come to auction. Painted in 1839,