This watercolour of a waterfall brought an unexpected windfall for the retired dealer from the Flyde area who consigned what James Warren, of Leyland auctioneers Warren & Wignall described as ‘potboilers’. Buyers love early views of continents just opening up to exploration and the intrepid artists who painted them enjoy a strong following, the fact that little is known about many of them making them all the more romantic. The unlikely named Washington F. Friend (1820-1886) is one of them. All we appear to know is that he was Canadian and prolific, painting views from as far apart at the Niagara Falls and the Isle of Wight. The Leyland picture, 25cm x 37cm, sold to a Glasgow dealer for £640.