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Elizabeth, Lady Butler (1846-1933)
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Elizabeth, Lady Butler (1846-1933)

Studies of Arab horsemen

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Elizabeth, Lady Butler (1846-1933)
Studies of Arab horsemen
one signed with monogram (lower centre); one with inscription 'Drawn by Miss E Thompson' (lower left); one signed and dated 'E.B. 1867' (lower left) and inscribed 'Running the gauntlet.' (lower right)
one pencil, three pen and brown ink
6 1/8 x 5 3/8 in. (15.6 x 13.5 cm.); and smaller; four in two frames
the second frame-includes two letters to another artist, Miss Macgregor, regarding sharing an artist's model (4)
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The artist referred to in Butler's inscription could possibly be the genre and history painter Miss Jessie MacGregor (fl.1872-1904, d. 1919) who was a contemporary of Butler. In 1874 Butler exhibited The Roll Call at the Royal Academy, which was purchased by Queen Victoria. Following this success she painted mostly military subjects such as Scotland Forever which was painted in 1881. Prior to her marriage to Major William Francis Butler in 1877 her maiden name was Elizabeth Thompson.

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