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    Sale 7437

    Victorian and Traditonalist Pictures

    15 November 2007, London, King Street

  • Lot 116

    Mary Lemon Waller (fl.1871-1916, d.1931)

    Portrait of Robert Berks Timmis, half-length

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    Mary Lemon Waller (fl.1871-1916, d.1931)
    Portrait of Robert Berks Timmis, half-length
    signed and dated 'M.L. Waller 1887' (lower left) and inscribed 'Jennifer' (on the stretcher)
    oil on canvas
    23¼ x 19 7/8 in. (59 x 50.2 cm.)


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    Robert Berks Timmis (1880-1948) was an engineer by trade after studying Engineering and Greek at Trinity College, Cambridge. He worked for the North Eastern Railway (later the LNER) as a design engineer and later as a design safety engineer. He served with the Royal Garrison Artillery in the First World War and then worked for his father's firm, I. A. Timmis & Sons, before turning to teaching during the Second World War. The inscription 'Jennifer' on the reverse refers to his youngest daughter, who always liked the portrait.

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