12 - 13 December 2007,
London, King Street
Price Realised GBP 9,375
Estimate GBP 3,000 - GBP 5,000
Emily Rebecca Prinsep (1798-1860)
Two interiors of the drawing room at 4, Seamore Place, London
the first signed with initials, inscribed and dated 'Seamore Place 1836 June' (lower left); the second signed 'Emily R Prinsep' and inscribed and dated '4 Seamore Place June 1836' (lower right)
pencil, pen and grey ink and watercolour
7 x 10¼ in. (17.8 x 26.1 cm)
a pair (2)
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Seamore Place was a short cul-de-sac that led south from Curzon Street, Mayfair. On its west side, there were only nine late Georgian houses, whose bowed garden fronts overlooked the then peaceful Park Lane and Hyde Park beyond. It achieved some notoriety in the years 1830-35 as the street in which Lady Blessington held her salons. After the Second World War, the northern houses disappeared when Curzon Street was extended westwards across their sites to reach Park Lane and what was left of Seamore Place was renamed Curzon Place. The few remaining houses have recently been gutted and rebuilt.
We are grateful to Charles Hind for his help in preparing this catalogue entry.
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Colin James; Sotheby's, London, 10 June 1982, lots 101 and 102.