The Howard family, the descendants of the Earl of Carlisle, are too selling one of their Bellotto masterpieces in Sotheby's sale on 8th July. Bellotto has always been a favourite amongst the British aristocracy and these works have been in both family collections for over 200 years.

The Earl of Rosebery last year sold Turner's Rome, from Mount Aventine, 1836 at Sotheby's. Likewise, The Duke of Northumberland, The Earl of Warwick and Baron Burton have all sold pieces from their art collections through Sotheby's and Christie's.

the-fortress-of-konigstein-1758.jpg!Large Bernardo Bellotto, The Fortress of Konigstein, 1758
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The Earl of Derby will sell The Fortress of Königstein, Seen From the South and The Fortress of Königstein, Seen From the North were both commissioned by Augustus II of Saxony and were completed around 1757. The pieces came to England in the 18th century and went on to be acquired by the 12th Earl of Derby.

The works have stayed at the family mansion Knowsley Hall, in north-west England. The works have been shown at Christie's, Manchester's Whitworth Art Gallery and the Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool.