Nude Lady Sybil earns her lover 88k

Nude Lady Sybil earns her lover 88k

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23:22 GMT, 20 October 2012

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UPDATED:

13:37 GMT, 21 October 2012


Star: Jessica Brown-Findlay

Star: Jessica Brown-Findlay

Jessica Brown Findlay needn’t worry too much about her next pay cheque after her exit from Downton Abbey – her artist boyfriend has just made 88,000 from selling a collection of portraits of the actress, including nudes.

Thomas Campbell, who has been with Jessica for two years, sold the 27 paintings online.

‘Thomas sold a portrait called For JBF for 7,500 along with a number of others,’ says an art world insider.

‘He has also been inundated with offers from galleries as well as requests to complete a new collection.

'They’re calling it the “Downton effect”.’

Jessica, 23, right, whose character Lady Sybil died last week after giving birth, is expected to receive a cut from Thomas’s windfall.

Nice little earner: A series of portraits of actress Jessica Brown Findlay sold for 88,000

Nice little earner: A series of portraits of actress Jessica Brown Findlay sold for 88,000

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Another artist on the way up is 19-year-old William Foyle, who last week sold nearly all the works in his first solo show.

But two on show at Gallery 8 in London’s St James’s were mysteriously not for sale – self-portraits from 2010. Both were darker in tone than the rest of the show.

William, great-grandson of Foyles bookshop founder William Foyle, said:

‘They are very private pictures, particularly to my parents, but they form an important part of my artistic journey.’

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Will Self has set his sights on winning an infamous booby prize after missing out on this year’s Man Booker award.

Self, 51, wants to scoop the Literary Review’s Bad Sex In Fiction Award.

‘I’ve been nominated for that enough times – I’m bound to win it one day,’ he said at the Booker awards ceremony in London last week.