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Attributed to Violet Manners, Duchess of Rutland (1856-1937)
Attributed to Violet Manners, Duchess of Rutland (1856-1937)

A gentleman reading by lamplight

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Attributed to Violet Manners, Duchess of Rutland (1856-1937)
A gentleman reading by lamplight
signed with monogram (lower right)
pencil, watercolour and gum arabic heightened with touches of bodycolour
8 1/8 x 10 in. (20.6 x 25.4 cm.)

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Manners was one of the central figures of the Souls, a group of aristocratic artists formed in the 1870s-90s. She published a selection of her Portraits of Men and Women, featuring drawings of her friends, in 1900. It has been suggested that the present watercolour is a depiction of Henry John Cockayne ('Harry') Cust (1861-1917), the politician and journalist.

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