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Sale of Rolf's grandfather's art
Portrait by GF Harris
The portraits are expected to fetch up to 1,200
Two portraits painted by the Welsh grandfather of entertainer and artist Rolf Harris are to be auctioned.

George Frederick Harris (1856 -1924) sketched the pictures more than 100 years ago before emigrating with his family to Australia in 1920.

His grandson Rolf said his artistic career was strongly influenced by his grandfather, who made a living as a portrait painter in Merthyr Tydfil.

Two of his pictures are to be auctioned at Bonhams in Bath.

The portraits feature Daniel T Daniels, the conductor of the Merthyr and Dowlais United Choir, and another of Daniels's wife and are signed and dated 1893 and 1896 respectively.

They are expected to fetch from 800 to 1,200 at auction.

George Frederick Harris was said to have had a huge influence of his grandson Rolf.

When Rolf was interviewed in 2001 he said: "I always imagined I would be a portrait painter like my Welsh grandfather."

Rolf Harris
Rolf Harris is said to have been inspired by his grandfather's work

Rolf Harris made his name as a cartoonist in the 1980s show Rolf's Cartoon Club but has since revealed a talent for other art work.

He has recently been commissioned to paint a portrait of the Queen for her 80th birthday.

James Forster, a picture specialist at the Bonhams auction house said: "The sale of G F Harris's paintings comes at a time when his famous grandson is in the news for attempting to lead hundreds of artists to recreate the Mona Lisa on a giant canvas in Edinburgh.

"It also follows the announcement of his commission to paint the Queen. I wonder what the old man would have made of it all!"

The sale of the two portraits will be made on Monday. It is not known if Rolf Harris will bid for the pictures.

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