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    Dunecht House.

    Cowdray Park.

    THE largest country house sale of the year will present about 1,200 lots from both Cowdray Park, home of Lord Cowdray (above right), and from Dunecht House, the Scottish home of Lord Cowdray’s brother, the Hon. Charles Pearson (above left).  The Christie’s sale is expected to realise about £5 million and estimates range from £50 to £500,000.

    The sale takes place at Cowdray Park in west Sussex over three days from September 13-15.

    Andrew Waters, Head of Private Collection and Country House Sales, Christie’s said: “Weetman Pearson, 1st Viscount Cowdray and his wife Annie, Lady Cowdray were among the most prolific and discerning British collectors of the early 20th century, coupling their considerable wealth with a taste for beautiful pictures, objects and works of art”.

    Many of the works were acquired by Weetman Dickinson Pearson (1856-1927) and his son, Weetman Harold Miller Pearson. Weetman Pearson, 1st Viscount Cowdray, developed his family firm, S. Pearson and Son Ltd., from a small company in Bradford into one of the most successful business empires of the 20th century. In 1889 he won the contract to drain Mexico City by means of a Grand Canal and, having gained the friendship of President Porfirio Diàz, Pearson developed vast oil fields in Mexico. He was for ten years Liberal MP for Colchester. Due to regular absences he was often referred to as ‘the Member for Mexico’. When he died in 1927 an American newspaper described him as ‘one of the greatest pioneers ever sent out of Britain. Pearson PLC exists today as a global media and education company and the largest book publisher in the world.

    (See posts for August 10 and August 6)

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