London, South Kensington
18 November 2009
Constance Phillott, A.R.W.S. (1842-1931)
'Oft I had heard of Lucy Gray'
signed with monogram (lower right) and inscribed '2/"Oft had I heard of Lucy Gray/And when I crossed the wild,/I chanced to see at break of day/The solitary child./No mate, no comrade Lucy knew;/She dwelt on a wide moor/-The sweetest thing that ever grew/Beside a human door!"/Wordsworth/Constance Phillott/25g Stanhope Street/N.W.' (on a label attached to the backing)
pencil and watercolour heightened with bodycolour, with scratching out
18½ x 10 in. (47 x 25.4 cm.)
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The inspiration for this work was the poem 'Lucy Gray (or, Solitude)' written by William Wordsworth. The poem was first published in 1800 and tells the story of a young girl who is lost on a moor during a snow storm.
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