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Gwen John (1876-1939)
Gwen John (1876-1939)

Portrait of a Lady

Gwen John (1876-1939)
Portrait of a Lady
with stamped signature (lower right)
pencil and grey wash
8 x 6 1/8 in. (20.3 x 15.5 cm.)
Executed circa 1909-10.
Edgar and Helen Montgomery Scott, Philadelphia, their sale; Christie's, London, 21 March 1996, lot 70, where purchased by the present owner.

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This unidentified model, known as 'the lady' is the subject of a series of drawings from circa 1909-10. It is believed that she may be Maude Boughton-Leigh, known as Grilda, an artist friend of Gwen John who lived in Paris at that time and who had studied at the Slade. She was the sister of Ellen Theodosia (Chloe) Boughton-Leigh, the subject of three paintings by the artist, and a life-long friend.

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