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    Sale 12309

    Victorian, Pre-Raphaelite & British Impressionist Art, Maritime Art, Sporting & Wildlife Art

    7 July 2016, London, South Kensington

  • Lot 128

    Briton Riviere, R.A. (1840-1920)

    A Cavatina

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    Briton Riviere, R.A. (1840-1920)
    A Cavatina
    dated '1888' (centre right) and signed and inscribed 'A Cavatina/Briton Riviere RA/82 Finchley Road/NW' (on a label attached to the stretcher)
    oil on canvas
    43 ½ x 33 ½ in. (110.5 x 85 cm.)

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    This painting depicts the artist's daughter, Millicent Alice (b. 1871), playing her violin. Millicent also appears in Sympathy painted ten years earlier (circa 1878, Tate Britain).

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    By descent in the family of the artist to the present owner.


    Academy Notes, London, 1888, p. 7.


    London, Royal Academy, 1888, no. 281.
    Surrey, Egham, Royal Holloway, University of London, on loan.