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


Rose Maynard Barton, R.W.S. (1856-1929)
signed and dated 'Rose Barton.1895' (lower right)
pencil and watercolour, with scratching out
13.3/8 x 10 in. (34 x 25.4 cm.)
Stephen G. Holland, Christie's London, 25, 26 & 29 June 1908, lot 286 (22gns to Agnew's).
R. Barton, Familiar London, London, 1904, facing p. 4 .
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Please note that the correct measurements in centimetres for this picture are 34 x 25.4 cm.

Lot Essay

This atmospheric watercolour of the Houses of Parliament from Westminster Bridge through the drissle of a December evening is a fine illustration of Barton's feelings towards London. She wrote that the city 'has always taught me to feel so strongly - how little and feeble each one of us is'. She describes a day in December when she wandered around Westminster 'it had been raining heavily all day, and the sky which had just cleared, flooded with a golden light...A string of hansom cabs coming along, reflected in the wet streets....I gazed at it entranced, and then walked home feeling as if I had had a glimpse of fairyland' (Barton, op.cit, p. 4).

Barton, born in Ireland, accompanied Mildred Anne Butler (1858-1941) to London to study under Paul Naftel (1817-1891). She was particularly noted for her atmospheric effects and became well known in Dublin and London, becoming a full member of the Royal Watercolours Society in 1911.

A similar watercolour by the artist of Emanuel Hospital, Westminster was sold at Christie's London, 11 June 1993, lot 33 (8,970).

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