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    Sale 7435

    British Works on Paper

    21 November 2007, London, King Street

  • Lot 123

    Louis Welden Hawkins (1849-1910)

    The Priestess

    Price Realised  

    Estimate

    Louis Welden Hawkins (1849-1910)
    The Priestess
    signed 'LOUIS.WELDEN.HAWKINS' (lower right)
    pencil and coloured chalks, on paper laid down on canvas
    37 x 24½ in. (94 x 62.2 cm.)


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    Louis Welden Hawkins grew up in Middlesex, the son of a German Baroness and a British Naval Officer. He moved to Paris at a young age where he lived until his death. Hawkins studied at the Atelier Julien and we can assume that as a young painter in Paris he would have witnessed the enormous popularity in France of Pre-Raphaelite painting. Fame came early when in 1881 he was awarded a third class medal for Les
    Orphelins
    . In later years his style changed, moving away from the
    traditional realism derived from the teachings of Jules Bastien-Lepage (1848-1884) and the artists' colony at Grez-sur-Loing to painting nude and female figures in the symbolist style.

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    Provenance

    Seymour Stein; Sotheby's, New York, 11 December 2003, lot 171.