Sartoris elegance could fetch £120,000

Portrait of May Sartoris, Mrs Henry Evans Gordon by Frederick Lord Leighton (1830-1896), the famous artist from Scarborough

Portrait of May Sartoris, Mrs Henry Evans Gordon by Frederick Lord Leighton (1830-1896), the famous artist from Scarborough

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A PORTRAIT by a famous Scarborough artist is estimated to sell for up to £120,000.

The picture, entitled Portrait of May Sartoris, Mrs Henry Evans Gordon, was painted by Frederick Lord Leighton (1830-1896).

It is being sold as part of an auction of Victorian and British Impressionist Art.

The auction is being held at Christie’s in London on December 15.

Portrait of May Sartoris, Mrs Henry Evans Gordon, pictured left, is considered a gem from Scarborough and has been deemed one of the most beautiful works in Leighton’s entire oeuvre.

It is estimated to fetch between £80,000 and £120,000 at the auction.

The artist was believed to be a great friend of the sitter’s mother.

Two other works by Leighton will also be on sale at the auction on December 15.

The interior of St Mark’s Basilica, Venice, is estimated to sell for between £25,000 and £35,000, while The Sluggard is expected to fetch between £15,000 and £25,000.