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    Sale 11787

    Old Master & British Drawings

    5 July 2016, London, King Street

  • Lot 80

    George Frederick Watts, O.M., R.A. (London 1817-1904)

    Portrait of Emma Powys, later Lady Lilford, reclining on a chaise longue with her dog

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    George Frederick Watts, O.M., R.A. (London 1817-1904)
    Portrait of Emma Powys, later Lady Lilford, reclining on a chaise longue with her dog
    with inscription 'Portrait of T. Powys' (verso)
    pencil
    9 x 11 ¼ in. (22.9 x 28.6 cm.)


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    Emma Brandling (c. 1826-1884), daughter of Robert William Brandling, frequented the salon that Sara Prinsep established at Little Holland House, Kensington, in the 1850s. In 1859 she married Thomas Powys, who succeeded to the title of Baron Lilford in 1861. Watts, who lived at Little Holland House as a sort of resident genius and painted many of the distinguished or glamorous people who formed Mrs Prinsep's circle, claimed that Emma was 'perhaps the most beautiful of all his sitters'. The present drawing probably dates to 1859-60, and was very likely a bridal gift. A portrait in oils of Emma was sold in these Rooms, 12 December 2013, lot 52; another is in the Watts Gallery, Compton.

    We are grateful to Veronica Franklin-Gould for her help in preparing this catalogue entry.

    Saleroom Notice

    We are grateful to Nicholas Tromans for suggesting that the sitter for the present work is Lady Mary Augusta Holland (1812-1889) rather than as stated in the printed catalogue.