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    Sale 7746

    PARISIAN TASTE IN LONDON: A PRIVATE COLLECTION AND FURNITURE

    10 September 2009, London, King Street

  • Lot 69

    Paul-César Helleu (Vannes 1859-1927 Paris)

    Portrait of Consuelo, Duchess of Marlborough (1877-1964), reclining on a daybed

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    Paul-César Helleu (Vannes 1859-1927 Paris)
    Portrait of Consuelo, Duchess of Marlborough (1877-1964), reclining on a daybed
    signed 'Helleu'
    black and red chalk, brown wash
    12¼ x 18 in. (31 x 45.8 cm.)


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    Consuelo Vanderbilt, the daughter of William Kissam Vanderbilt, married Charles Spencer-Churchill, 9th Duke of Marlborough, in 1895. Renowned for her beauty and elegance, she came to epitomise the spirit of the era. Helleu executed many portraits of the Duchess, whom he met in 1900 and whose beauty captivated him. The present drawing is close in composition to a drypoint which shows the Duchess drowsing on a daybed at Blenheim Palace with her dog curled in her lap (Lumley Cazalet, London, Paul Helleu: Drypoints, 1992, no. 26). A preparatory drawing for the drypoint is in the Musée Bonnat, Bayonne (Musée Bonnat, Paul Helleu (1859-1927), January 1990, p. 32). The present drawing appears to be the first thought for the composition.

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    Provenance

    Valentine Abdy; by whom given as a gift to the present owner.