London, South Kensington
3 September 2008
Studio of James Sant, R.A. (1820-1916)
inscribed 'Nora/"Sweeter 'tis to gaze upon/My Nora's lid, that Seldom rises;/Few it looks, but every one/Like unexpected light surprises"' (on an old label attached to the reverse)
oil on canvas, in an oval mount
31 x 26 in. (78.7 x 66 cm.)
Sharfin; Christie's, London, 13 April 1878, lot 84 (30 gns to Lorent), as G. Sant.
Lorent; Christie's, London, 14 April 1883, lot 135 (36 gns to Shield), as G. Sant.
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The inscription is a verse from a poem by Irish poet Thomas Moore (1779-1852) intitled 'Lesbia Hath a Beaming Eye' and subtitled: 'Air - Nora Creina'.
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