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Rose Maynard Barton, R.W.S. (1856-1929)

The Carlyle statue, Chelsea

Rose Maynard Barton, R.W.S. (1856-1929)
The Carlyle statue, Chelsea
signed, inscribed and dated 'Rose Barton/War fund. 1900' (lower left) and further inscribed 'forwarded from Clifford & Co./Carlyle's Statue/Chelsea/£35/Rose Barton A.R.W.S./16 Merrion Square/Dublin (on the artist's label attached to the reverse of the frame)
pencil and watercolour heightened with touches of bodycolour
21 x 14½ in. (53.4 x 36.8 cm.)
'Catalogue of the collection... presented by the artists for The Artists' War Fund'; Christie's, London, 24-26 February 1900, lot 193 (7½ gns to Rhodes).
with Clifford Gallery, London.
with Ruskin Galleries, Birmingham.
London, Guildhall Art Gallery, The Artists' War Fund Exhibition, 1900, number untraced.
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Lot Essay

The addition of the words 'War Fund 1900' on the present watercolour reveals that it was painted for the Artists' War Fund Exhibition at the Guildhall Gallery, London, in 1900. All works in the exhibition were later sold at Christie's in order to raise money for those suffering in the Second Boer War (1899-1902): the auction realised a total of £9,120.

The statue of Thomas Carlyle was cast in 1882, the year after his death, and was designed by Sir Joseph Edgar Boehm, Bt., R.A. (1834-1890). It stands on the Chelsea Embankment, not far from Carlyle's house.

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