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    Sale 5280

    The Sunday Sale - Property from the Collection of The Late The Hon. Mrs. Angela Lascelles

    28 October 2007, London, South Kensington

  • Lot 204

    ENGLISH SCHOOL, CIRCA 1901

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    ENGLISH SCHOOL, CIRCA 1901
    Portrait of H.R.H. Princess Mary, Princess Royal, Countess of Harewood (1897-1965), full-length, as a child, dressed as 'Britannia', a seascape beyond
    indistinctly signed 'J R O'Neill' (lower right) and further signed inscribed and dated 'April/1901/J.R.O'Neill...' (on the backing paper) watercolour on ivory, in silver frame with imitation half pearl border, the reverse engraved 'To H.R.H. Duchess of Cornwall & York from H.B. & A.A. May 91 [sic.]. "Britannia Rules the waves."
    oval, 1 5/16 in. (34 mm.) high


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    This charming portrait miniature depicting Princess Mary, aged 4 years, dressed as "Britannia", would seem to be a gift presented to H.M. Queen Mary (1867-1953), when Duchess of Cornwall and York. The engraved 'H.B.' could refer to Hélène Bricke -- then the young Princess' German Governess. The engraved date of '91' to the reverse would appear to be an error as Princess Mary was born in 1897 and Queen Mary was not yet Duchess of Cornwall and York -- titles she gained upon the occasion of her marriage in 1893.

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