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    Sale 5746

    The Roger Warner Collection - Part II

    20 - 21 January 2009, London, South Kensington

  • Lot 603

    A GEORGE II GRAINED FOUR-ROOM 'BABY' HOUSE

    CIRCA 1750, ON A LATER BASE

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    A GEORGE II GRAINED FOUR-ROOM 'BABY' HOUSE
    CIRCA 1750, ON A LATER BASE
    Painted to simulate oak, with sash windows, the interior by repute redecorated by Charlotte Brontë in 1839, with a large collection of dolls house furnishings added by Roger Warner, on a later painted arched brickwork base made by Roger Warner
    73¼ in. (186 cm.) high; 53½ in. (136 cm.) wide; 23 in. (59 cm.) deep


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    Charlotte Brontë was employed as governess to the Sidgwick children from May to July 1839. Family tradition in the Sidgwick Greenwood family dictates that Charlotte Brontë redecorated the interior of the 'Baby' House while employed as governess.
    Juliet Barker, author of The Brontë's records 'In June, the Sidgwicks left Stonegappe to stay at Swarcliffe, a summer residence belonging to Mrs Sidgwick's father, John Greenwood, at Birstwith, three miles from Ripon.'
    Elizabeth Gaskell's biography of Charlotte Brontë (ch. VIII) quotes from a letter written to Emily Brontë in 1839, 'I said in my last letter that Mrs [Sidgwick] did not know me. I now begin to find she does not intend to know me; that she cares nothing about me, except to contrive how the greatest possible quantity of labour may be got out of me; and to that end she overwhelms me with oceans of needlework; yards of cambric to hem, muslin night-caps to make, and, above all things, dolls to dress.'

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    Provenance

    By repute, the Sidgewick family, Stonegappe, Lothersdale, Skipton, Yorkshire and by descent to the Greenwood family, Swarcliffe Hall, Harrogate, Yorkshire.
    Purchased by Roger Warner at Morphet & Morphet's house sale on 19 March 1974, lot 378.


    Saleroom Notice

    Please note that the provenance should read Stonegappe and not Stoneygate as printed in the catalogue.


    Exhibited

    'Childhood', A Loan Exhibition, Sotheby's London, 2-27 November 1988, no. 187.