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Painting sale to fund kennel work

Jed Forest Hunt painting
The hunt is selling the painting to help pay for the upkeep of its kennels

A historic Borders hunt is hoping to pay for the upkeep of its kennels by selling a historic work of art.

The painting of the Jed Forest Hunt is the work of top equestrian artist Lionel Edwards.

However, they have nowhere to hang the work and have also found meeting the insurance payments for it increasingly onerous.

The painting goes up for sale on Saturday at Shapes Auctioneers in Edinburgh and hopes to fetch 15,000.

The work shows hunt master George Ledbetter and his hounds near Black Law.

Shapes senior auctioneer Paul Howard said the Jed Forest Hunt - which dates back to 1884 - was selling the painting to raise funds to carry out works at its base in Roxburghshire.

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