EVELYN DE MORGAN (BRITISH, 1855-1919)
EVELYN DE MORGAN (BRITISH, 1855-1919)
EVELYN DE MORGAN (BRITISH, 1855-1919)
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EVELYN DE MORGAN (BRITISH, 1855-1919)

Portrait head of a woman, probably a member of the Mure family

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EVELYN DE MORGAN (BRITISH, 1855-1919)
Portrait head of a woman, probably a member of the Mure family
black and red chalk on buff paper
16 x 11 ¼ in. (46 x 28.6 cm.)
Provenance
Probably, The sitter, and by descent to the present owner.

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Lot Essay


Marjorie Mure was Evelyn De Morgan's niece by marriage and grand-daughter of her uncle, John Roddam Spencer Stanhope. De Morgan exhibited a circular Portrait of Marjorie Mure at the Grosvenor Gallery in 1880, and was close to the wider family. This portrait has come down in the Mure family, and although Evelyn kept scant records of her portrait subjects and it has not been possible to firmly identify the sitter, it is likely that it is a member of the Mure family.
Portraits by De Morgan are rare, and she exhibited just four at the Grosvenor Gallery, all of female sitters, including Miss Winifred Bulwer in 1881, Margaret Rawlins in 1883 (Christie's, London, 11 November 1999, lot 22), and Mildred and Freda Spencer Stanhope in 1887 (Christie's, London, 11 July 2018, lot 103).
We are grateful to Sarah Hardy for her assistance in preparing this catalogue entry.

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