Summer Art Auction: The life and work of artist Samuel Prout OSW (1783-1852)

Lots: 5, 6, 9 & 20

There are few artists that have had the impact on architectural and landscape drawing than that of 19th Century British artist Samuel Prout (1783–1852). We are lucky enough to have an extensive collection of the artist’s works which will be included in our Summer Art Auction. This collection will feature drawings, watercolours and lithographs, depicting ancient European architecture, landscapes and preliminary sketches. The collection also features a selection of works by his son Samuel Gillespie Prout (1822-1911),and nephew John Skinner Prout (1805-1876).

Samuel Prout painted c.1831 by British portraitist John Jackson RA (31 May 1778 – 1 June 1831)

Samuel Prout was born in Plymouth, Devon, on 17 September 1783. He exhibited an interest in drawing at a young age, creating sketches and copying prints. He pursued this interest with the encouragement of his headmaster and received lessons. Following a meeting of budding antiquary, John Brittan, Prout went on a sketching tour of Cornwall, and upon seeing his potential, Britton persuaded Prout to move to London in 1802. There he entered a circle of illustrators and copied the works of leading watercolourists, including J.M.W. Turner, William Alexander, John Sell Cotman, Thomas Girtin and Thomas Hearne, the last three having a particular influence on his work.

Following his introduction to this artistic circle and new influences, Prout began to reach his artistic potential. He continued his sketching tours for various publications and went on to exhibit at the Royal Academy, the British Institution and the Associated Artists in Water Colours (becoming a member in 1810). Now beginning to establish himself as a drawing master, Prout began teaching and producing a series of instructive drawing books for beginners. He was prolific in his output, issuing fourteen publications over the following three decades.

Plate I from ‘HINTS ON LIGHT AND SHADOW, COMPOSITIONS BY SAMUEL PROUT FSA’, published by R. Ackermann 1838, inside front leaf bears inscription H. A. Skinner, 18 Fortescue Road, Paignton.

Although an established teacher, it was as an exhibiting artists that Prout drew the most pride, showing work at the Society of Painters in Oil and Water-Colours in 1815, and becoming an associate in 1817 and a member in 1819. In order to expand his subject matter, throughout the 1820s Prout travelled through Europe. A great deal of his works from this period are focused on the buildings and scenery within France, Germany (including the Rhineland and Bavaria), and Italy (specifically Venice). Passionate about recording ancient architecture in great detail, during this period Prout began working in lithography as opposed to aquatint.

SAMUEL PROUT (British, 1783–1852), “VIEW IN GHENT”, watercolour, which appears as a lithographic reproduction in ‘Sketches by Samuel Prout, in France, Belgium, Germany, Italy and Switzerland’ edited by Charles Holme and text by Ernest G Halton. Dimensions: 38cm x 29cm approx.

Today, Samuel Prout is known as one of the leading topographical British artists, referring to the accuracy in which he represented the exact arrangement of the natural and artificial features of an area. He achieved this through his exploration of different mediums, expansive subject matter and learned techniques. It was his ability to encapsulate everything from the simplicity of country life to the vastness of monumental architecture that set Prout apart. This ability has ensured that European cityscapes and countryside’s alike have been expertly captured – as a form of living history.

For more important art, visit our Curated Corner Gallery at Hegarty’s in Bandon. This sales gallery currently features work by Kitty Wilmer O’ Brien, Marie Carroll, John Butler Yeats and Markey Robinson, and is open every Saturday from 11am – 4pm.

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To include:

The Woodvale House Estate Collection, Rineen, Skibbereen.

Woodvale House, Rineen, Skibbereen, Co. Cork.

We are delighted to bring to the market the contents of the Woodvale House Estate, Skibbereen in our upcoming Fine Interiors Auction taking place on June 28th live online via our bidding platforms.

Woodvale House was the residence of the artistic Good family since the early part of the 20th century. Patricia Good (1929 – 2021) was a very successful artist and her grand-daughter Emma is now continuing the family artistic line.

The collection has a fantastic selection of art work, jewellery, rugs and antique furniture.

Below is a small selection of interesting pieces that will go under the hammer on June 28th 2022.

The full colour catalogue will be available online via from June 24th.


JULIET PANNETT, NÉE SOMERS (1911 – 2005) A PAIR OF PORTRAITS, (i) ‘Patricia Gray’, watercolour over pencil on card, signed lower right and dated 1941, inscribed with the sitter’s name to the lower end, (ii) ‘Lorna Gray’, watercolour over pencil on card, signed lower right and dated 1941, inscribed with the sitter’s name to the lower end. Drawings: 31 x 20cm, 30 x 19cm, frames: 32.5 x 22cm, 32 x 21.5cm MORE ABOUT THE ARTIST: Juliet Pannett (née Somers) was born in Hove in 1911, she began drawing at the young age of three and knew that a career as a portrait artist was her calling by the age of 17. She went on to attend Brighton College of Art in the 1920s. Following her graduation, she set up a studio and worked there until her marriage in 1938. She took a few years off painting returning in the 1940s and would then continue to have an extremely successful and long lasting career in portraiture.

She created portraits of general folk to politicians, musicians to royalty. In the 1989 at the age of 78 she was commissioned to paint the Queen at Buckingham Palace. She exhibited at the Royal Academy and Royal Society of Portrait paintings and was awarded an MBE in 1993.

Pieces by the artist are held in many public and private collections the world over. These two portraits presented today are part of the Woodvale Estate Collection, former residence of Patricia Good (ENGLISH / IRISH, 1929 – 2021)

Estimate: €300 – €500.

LOT 10

PATRICIA GOOD (ENGLISH / IRISH 1929 – 2021), “MOTHERHOOD”, charcoal on paper, signed lower right, inscribed with title and artists name verso. Dimensions: 64cm x 59cm approx. frame. MORE ABOUT THE ARTIST: Patricia Good (née Nixon) N.D.D, was born in Devonshire in 1929. From a young age she showed artist talent and graduated from Exeter School of Art specialising in painting. Good exhibited extensively in London and the South West of England before marrying and moving to Ireland. In Ireland she reared her family in the beautiful West Cork country side. She continued to paint and was runner up in the All Ireland Ulster Bank Art competition in Dublin. A popular artist in West Cork many of her works have passed through our auction rooms over the years and her works are in private collection in Ireland, the UK, Germany, France, USA and Canada.

LOT 26

MADONNA DELLA SEDIA, After Raphael (Italian 1483 – 1520), the original painting was created in 1514. This beautiful plaque is stamped to the back with Firenze mark and numbered. Framed in an ornate carved gilt frame which is in need of a little restoration. Dimensions: 23cm x 23cm approx. frame

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Irish art and the Irish landscape [April Art Auction 2022]

The Irish landscape has always had an important presence in Irish art

From the 18th Century when the leading landscape painters in Cork were John Butts and Nathaniel Grogan, with Grogan publishing a set of aquatint views of the River Lee and Cork Harbour.

To the early 19th century, when the invention of portable watercolour boxes allowed artists the freedom to paint outside of the studio. This popularised the publication of guidebooks to the Irish countryside, illustrated with engravings, such as Fisher’s A Picturesque Tour of Killarney, and later the Rev. G. N. Wright’s Guide to Killarney, illustrated by George Petrie.

Figure and landscape painting dominated Irish art in the late 19th Century, with Paul Henry expertly capturing the challenging landscape of Achill, to Jack Yeats and Charles Lamb’s depictions of Irish rural life, which were informed their by personal experiences.

Irish artists have continued in their depictions of the Irish landscape to this day. Below are some examples of contemporary artists capturing the Irish landscape, in our 2022 April Art Auction.

Lot 4: KATIE BUTTIMER, (Irish, 20th Century), “ON THE ROAD TO NOWHERE”, textured acrylic on paper, signed lower left, framed in non-reflective glass. This fantastic piece really captures the Irish landscape. 71 x 51cm framed.
Lot 9: TERRY DELANEY (Irish, 20th Century), “SMALL FARM LANDS”, oil on board, signed lower right, inscribed with date and title verso, dated 2016, Dimensions: 33.5cm x 33.5cm approx. frame
Lot 15: PETER KNUTTELL (b.1945), “NEAR LARAGH, CO. WICKLOW”, watercolour on paper, signed and titled lower left, Dimensions: 85cm x 106cm approx. frame
Lot 23: NORMAN TEELING (Irish, b.1944), “NEWGRANGE”, oil on board, signed lower left, Dimensions: 20in x 24in approx. image; 27.5in x 31.5in approx. frame
Lot 33: PATRICK ROBINSON (Irish, 20th Century), “SHAWLIES”, oil on canvas, signed lower left, 80cm x 60cm approx image
Lot 91: COLETTE MILLS (Irish, 20th Century), “COUNTRYSIDE LANDSCAPE”, watercolour and pen on paper, Dimensions: 38cm x 29cm approx. image
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The Curated Corner at Hegartys: Tea Caddies [March Fine Interiors 2022]

For todays Curated Corner at Hegarty’s we have chosen the Tea Caddy. The tea caddy can simply be defined as ‘a box, jar, canister, or other receptacle used to store tea’, and has an interesting history.

A very fine set of George III silver tea caddies sold at a recent UK auction. 

Beginning with its name, the term ‘caddy’ is derived from the Chinese word kati or cati, a Chinese unit of weight for 600 grams – the measurement by which tea was sold.
Moving on to its origin, tea was first introduced to Europe from China in the 1600’s and only the wealthiest in society could afford it. For that reason, the first tea caddies were quite luxurious, made from Chinese porcelain, decorated in blue and white, and were commonly called tea canisters.

A Blue and white Tea caddy, Chinese export porcelain willow pattern, Qianlong period (1736-1795).

Moving forward to the 18th-19th Century, tea remained a luxury for the wealthy to enjoy. As a result, many hired craftsmen to create decorative one-of-a-kind tea caddies for their homes. Tea caddies were crafted in wood, metal, brass, copper, metal, or as can be seen in Lot 10, tortoiseshell.

A Regency Tortoiseshell Tea Caddy, c.1810, of rectangular form, with rounded corners and lines of pewter stringing, as well as silver (white metal) plaque to top and lock to front.

Tea caddies were a symbol of wealth and very valuable to their owners, which was the reason for their locks. Their decoration was so that they would fit in with the luxurious décor of their wealthy homeowners. They were commonly crafted in mahogany and rosewood, and most were box shaped, decorated with motifs, with common inlays being ebony and ivory – an Irish example of which is Lot 170

An 18th Century Irish Tea Caddy, in octagonal form, inlaid with satinwood; central inlay on lid in the style of a shell; with an ivory kite-shaped escutcheon

Tea caddies were extremely popular, with Chippendale and Hepple White being two of the most renowned tea caddy designers and makers at the time – see below a Chippendale tea caddy opening to three compartments.

An 18th century George III Chippendale mahogany tea caddy.

The cost of tea decreased as time went on and now everyone can afford to enjoy tea, with the tea caddy evolving from the wooden box to the modern tin styles.
The tea caddy remains an interesting piece of social history, and it’s an excellent example of the time it was made and used. We hope you enjoyed today’s Curated Corner and we look forward to featuring these tea caddies and more in our March Fine Interiors auction Tuesday March 29th from 6pm via our Live Online Auction.

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September LIVE Online Auction features the exciting Anthony & Victoria Bartley Collection

We are delighted to start our Autumn season of auctions off with the Anthony & Victoria Bartley Collection.  This family collection has been formed over the lifetimes of both Mr & Mrs Bartley, Rosscarbery. With some items being handed down to them from generations before.

Each lived an interesting life which saw them travel the world, meeting many interesting people and picking up pieces of silver, jewellery, art and furniture as they went.

Anthony Bartley was born in India in 1919 to Sir Charles Bartley, an Irish barrister, and became a distinguished fighter pilot in World War II, awards a DFC. Following this he moved to Hollywood after marrying the actress Deborah Kerr, whom he met through his sister Patricia who was a codebreaker at Bletchley Park.

His career then moved into the world of filmmaking and he became a television and film executive. Following his marriage to Victoria Mann in 1965 they moved to Barbados and then in 1971 to Ireland where he formed Intercontinental Telefilms.

Lot 1: A VERY FINE 19TH CENTURY MAHOGANY CHEST ON STAND, with fitted brass rosettes, escutcheons and swan neck handles. 2 over 3 graduated drawers, each with cock-beaded trim, raised on turned tapered baluster legs with brass castors. Dimensions: 110 x 160 x 55cm approx. (W x H x D). est. €600/800.
Lot 4: AN 18CT YELLOW GOLD CASED FOB WATCH AND CHAIN, marked 18ct, maker’s mark JWB, London, date letter K, crown and 18, engraved to the interior with date of 1906, with roman numerals and 2nd seconds dial, engraved with initials W.H.M to the front in ornate lettering, 66.20g chain. Est. €3500/4500
Lot 7: A VICTORIAN OAK CASED PROVINCIAL DOMESTIC REGULATOR GRANDFATHER CLOCK, name on the clock face: L. E. RYAN of Limerick. An 8 day movement, with deadbeat escapement, and maintaining power. Half hour passing strike on a bell and the hour on a gong. Brass cased weights, with substantial pendulum. Case has been professionally restored. Key for door and winder. Dimensions: 220 x 50 x 29cm approx. (H x W x D)
Est €2800/3200.
Lot 253: A PAIR OF 18CT WHITE GOLD TARGET STYLE RUBY & DIAMOND EARRINGS, with 2.40cts approx. est. €6000/7000.
Lot 19: A VERY GOOD TURN OF THE CENTURY SILVER TOPPED CLARET JUG, the silver collar and lid Sheffield, date letter h for 1900, maker’s mark for Fenton Brothers Ltd. With ceramic inner collar to the neck, the top decorated with floral and scroll design, the handle with scrolling leaf design. 26 x 16 x 12cm (T x D x W).
Est. €250/350
Lot 25: A NEATLY SIZED EDWARDIAN INLAID DROP FRONT SECRETAIRE CHEST, with cock beaded and string inlaid drawers, 2 over a drop front, which opens to reveal a tooled leather writing panel, and compartments, over four graduated drawers, on bracket feet, 136.5 x 63 x 43 approx.A NEATLY SIZED EDWARDIAN INLAID DROP FRONT SECRETAIRE CHEST, with cock beaded and string inlaid drawers, 2 over a drop front, which opens to reveal a tooled leather writing panel, and compartments, over four graduated drawers, on bracket feet, 136.5 x 63 x 43 approx. Est: €400/800
Lot 57: GOOD EARLY 19TH CENTURY DAY BED / CHAISE LONGUE, with scrolling rests, raised on reeded turned legs on castors, in fair condition commensurate with age and use, 180 x 52 x 82cm approx. Est: €400/800
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Starting November 26th – Finishing November 29th
Register to bid:
or call Ted on 086 8826361

The lots in this sale are made up of a collection of items of Irish historical importance, centred around The Pauline Henley Archive of hand written correspondence with members of the MacSwiney family dating from the early part of the 20th Century.

The rare and extremely important correspondence, includes letters, telegraphs, postcards and newspaper cuttings dating from 1916 to 1922.

Each lot transports the reader back to the turn of the century a tumultuous time in Irish History. The hand written letters take the reader right into the cells of not only Terence MacSwiney but to that of his sister Máire who was interned in Mountjoy in 1922 and who also took on a hunger strike.

Terence MacSwiney, Lord Mayor of Cork, a playwright, poet and soldier was arrested in August 1920 as British authorities imposing martial law on Cork. Once arrested and court martialled, he refused to recognise the authority of the British courts and protested by going on a hunger strike, a strike that started in Cork City, and would end in Brixton prison 74 days later on October 25th.

Click here to read more from the Irish Times on this Important sale..

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Our November Online Auction features in the Sunday Business Post!

Our exciting sale taking place on Sunday 15th Nov at 2pm, includes a fabulous collection of silver which the Sunday Business Post featured in it’s edition on 8th November last. Click on image below to read article.

You can view the full Auction Catalogue on our website:

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Online mid-Summer Auction includes collection of Dr. Harry Blake

[Some highlights at the end of this post]

We are delighted to have been favoured with the Collection of Dr. Harry Blake, which will form part of our online mid-Summer sale to take place on Sunday, 14th June 2020.

Dr. Blake was a renowned anaesthesiologist who in the 1950s and ’60s lived and worked in Bahrain, where he was involved in the setting up and running of their first blood bank. During his time living there he built a collection, which included some very fine Persian rugs, fine art & furniture

Following on from the success of our first Live Online Auction in March and the subsequent timed auctions we have held in April, we plan to start the Summer auction season off with our second ‘Live Online Auction’ which will take place via 3 online bidding platforms The-Saleroom, EasyLive Auctions & Invaluable, and for those that cannot bid online we are accepting absentee bids and telephone bids.

The challenges that the restriction on movement have brought to our small family run business in West Cork have thought us how well we as a team can adapt to changing circumstances. We are no doubt lucky to be involved in an industry that fits in so well to the world of online business but we are also very aware that without the continued support of our bidders it would not have been possible to adapt and continue to do business during these challenging times.

We hope that our regular bidders & new bidders join us at 3pm on Sunday June 14th, if not to bid then to just sit and relax and find some distraction from the everyday by looking at some very fine art & antiques.

The catalogue will be available to view online from June 10th via our website, through our online bidding platform on, &

For bidders who do not feel comfortable bidding live online, they can as always call ahead and book a telephone line or leave an absentee bid with the auctioneer. We can also walk you through the process of registering if you call us ahead of time.

A selection of lots to look forward to:

LOT 2:

 A VERY FINE REGENCY TEA TABLE, circa 1830, ‘D- Shaped’, with beautiful figured mahogany and ebony strung top, raised on reeded tapered legs, capped with brass castors. H: 73cm x W: 92cm x D45cm approx closed

Estimate: €550 – €750



LOT 17:

A VERY FINE CORK STYLE MAHOGANY GRANDFATHER CLOCK, 202cm (h) x 43cm (w) x 23cm (d) approx

Estimate: €600 – €800




LOT 35


Estimate: €1200 – €1300




A STUNNING 18CT WHITE GOLD SAPPHIRE & DIAMOND CLUSTER RING, sapphire: 2.52cts, diamonds: 1.00cts

Estimate: €2500 – €3500

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Sunday, April 14th 2019 sees the first of our Spring/Summer auctions coming to the market in Bandon.

Viewing will take place on the 12th, 13th & 14th – when the auction starts @ 3pm.

In our fine art section we will have works by Pauline Bewick, Annie Robinson, Marie Carroll & Terry Delaney to name but a few.

Our jewellery section this month has some fabulous lots, including the three mentioned below, and our furniture section has a great selection of pieces for all budgets.

Highlight Lots:

Lot 4

LOT 4 – A VERY FINE WILLIAM IV ROSEWOOD FOLD OVER TEA TABLE, with shaped carved floral decorated apron, on a graduated shaped column support with down turned carved petal detail to the end, on a shaped base raised on four carved upswept scroll tipped feet, 36” x 18.5” x 29” approx closed.

Estimate: €1400 – 1600


Lot 10

LOT 10 – A VERY FINE LOUIS XV STYLE MARBLE TOPPED SERPENTINE SHAPED BOMBE CHEST OF DRAWERS, 2 over 1 drawer, in Kingwood, Mahogany & Rosewood, having cross-banded panels to the drawers & sides, with marquetry inlaid floral details & ornate ormolu mounts, drawer handles & key plates, 45” x 22” x 33.5” approx.

Estimate: €600 – 900


As always we have a stunning variety of jewellery items coming up for auction, including this lot:

Lot 14

LOT 14 – AN 18CT WHITE GOLD SAPPHIRE & DIAMOND DOUBLE ROW BRACELET, sapphire 40.00cts and diamond 2.40cts.

Estimate: €4800 – 5000

Lot 15



LOT 15 – AN 18CT YELLOW & WHITE GOLD THREE STONE DIAMOND RING, with three brilliant cut diamonds, diamond weight 3ct approx, colour H-I, clarity SI, comes with E.D.R Report card.

Estimate: €19000-20000


Lot 17

LOT 17 – AN 18CT WHITE GOLD COLOMBIAN EMERALD CLUSTER RING, Emerald 1.40cts and diamond 1.20cts cluster ring.

Estimate: €3600 – 4000





Lot 21

LOT 21 –  A STUNNING 18CT WHITE GOLD SAPPHIRE & DIAMOND RING, with alternating blue sapphire and diamonds

Estimate: €1100 – 1300


Lot 3



LOT 3 – AN IRISH 18TH CENTURY GILT WOOD MARBLE TOPPED CONSOLE TABLE, raised on a pair of carved legs, with deep carved frieze showing foliage & floral blossoms, the legs joined by a carved stretcher supporting a carved swan, 30″ x 16″ x 32.5″ approx

Estimate: €800 – 1200



Lot 6

LOT 6 – VERY FINE QUALITY EDWARDS & ROBERTS STYLE INLAID DISPLAY CABINET, with two door cabinet underneath, having serpentine fronted single glazed door to top, having profuse marquetry decoration & swan neck pediment, raised on splay feet, 30″ wide x 14″ deep x 70″ high

Estimate: €3000 – 5000




Lot 278

LOT 278 – A VERY FINE IRISH WILLIAM IV COUCH, with roll over arm rests and carved frame, raised on large turned legs, nicely upholstered 90″ x 27″ x 37″ approx

Estimate: €2000 – 3000




For the person on the look out for something a little different we have this rare find:

Lot 33

LOT 33

A SET OF IRISH ELK “GREAT IRISH DEER” ANTLERS, approx 9000 years old, mounted with partial skull, 11 points to the right, 15 points to the left, span 63” approx

Estimate: €1000 – 2000


We have around 50 works of art up for auction this coming Sunday, and amongst them is this little gem:

LOT 76 – ANNIE ROBINSON, (IRISH, B. 1961), “MOTHER & DAUGHTER”, acrylic on canvas, signed lower left, 7″ x 5″ approx canvas 12.5″ x 10.5″ approx frame, Apollo Gallery label verso

Estimate: €400 – 800


We look forward to welcoming you to the viewing!


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On March 3rd we will be delighted to welcome both our regular and new bidders to the auction rooms in Bandon to bring under the hammer 350+ lots, of fine art, furniture, collectables and jewellery.

This auction will see the wonderful family collection from Ardcarrig, Kinsale, built up over  number of years, along with other private consignments.

Highlight lots to include:


A STUNNING 18CT WHITE GOLD DIAMOND SOLITAIRE RING, with surrounding diamonds, 1.75cts

Estimate: €8200 – 8400


WILLIAM CLARK, (SCOTTISH 1803-1883), “YACHTS OFF THE SCOTTISH COAST” oil on canvas, inscribed indistinctly lower centre/left “Greenock”, artist’s label verso on stretcher, 19″ x 13″ canvas approx, 31″ x 25″ approx frame

Estimate: €1500 – 2000

More about the artist:  William Clark (26 June 1803 – 11 November 1883) was a Scottish artist who specialised in the painting of ships or marine works.

The artist was born and lived all his life in Greenock, near Glasgow, he lived at various addresses in his home town, and he lived on the street seen on the artist’s label between 1841 & 1857.

He was the son of a seaman and later a customs officer. In 1835 he was invited to paint the regatta of the Royal Northern Yacht Club and was in 1838 elected to membership of the club. Clark lived during the heyday of shipbuilding on the Clyde and was kept busy with commissions from ship owners and masters, which ensured him a steady supply of work, and enabled him to remain close to his home town.

His work is held in the National Maritime Museum Greenwich, The McLean Museum in Greenock, and The Walker Art Gallery of Liverpool amongst others both at home and abroad.

LOT 10

A VERY FINE 18TH CENTURY, GEORGIAN, CHEST ON STAND, 2 over 3 drawer chest, and 3 drawers to the stand, raised on cabriole leg, brass key plates and handles, 66″ x 22″ x 40″ approx

Estimate: €800 – 1000

Catalogue is available on our website and also on the auction website

Public Viewing:

Hegarty Auction Rooms,  The Bypass, Bandon, Co. Cork

Friday March 1st 12 – 5PM

Saturday March 2nd 12 – 5PM

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