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    Sale 5402

    Victorian & Traditionalist Pictures

    3 September 2008, London, South Kensington

  • Lot 172

    Henry Nelson O'Neil, A.R.A. (1817-1880)

    Portrait of Fanny Frith, youngest daughter of William Powell Frith, R.A., half-length, in an oval mount

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    Henry Nelson O'Neil, A.R.A. (1817-1880)
    Portrait of Fanny Frith, youngest daughter of William Powell Frith, R.A., half-length, in an oval mount
    signed with a monogram and dated '1870' (lower left)
    oil on board
    13¾ x 11 in. (34.9 x 27.9 cm.)


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    In our portrait O'Neil is depicting the youngest daughter of one of his old friends, William Powell Frith. The two artists studied together at the Royal Academy in the late 1830s, and together with artists including Richard Dadd and John Phillip, formed a sketching club known as "The Clique". Some of the most celebrated and truest portraiture arises when the sitter is an intimate of the artist. It usually means the artist is free to interpret the subject as he chooses. Without the constraints necessarily imposed by a commission, this often creates a more favourable product. In his treatment of Fanny, O'Neil echos Millais's similarly intimate portrayals of his sisters-in-law, the Gray sisters from the late 1850s in which the girls are shown against the same dark holly green.

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    Provenance

    Dr. & Mrs Alfred Bader, Milwaukee, Wisconsin.


    Exhibited

    London, Royal Academy, 1870, no.128.
    Milwaukee Art Center, The Inner Circle, 15 September to 23 October 1996, no.71.