London, South Kensington
23 March 2005
Emma Sandys (fl.1868-1874)
An elegant lady
monogrammed and dated '1873' (upper left)
coloured chalks heightened with touches of bodycolour
18 x 13 7/8 in. (45.7 x 35.3 cm.)
with Peter Nahum, London.
Anonymous sale; Sothebys, London, 25 January 1988, lot 439 (unsold).
Anonymous sale; Sothebys, London, 3 March 1993, lot 35.
with Ealing Gallery, London.
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Pre-Raphaelite Women Artists, exh. Manchester City Art Galleries, p. 122, illustrated p. 84.
Manchester, Manchester City Art Galleries, Pre-Raphaelite Women Artists, 1997-8, no. 33.
Pamela Gerrish-Nunn, in her catalogue to the Manchester exhibition, suggests that this was a commissioned portrait. The screen at the sitter's right shoulder reveals the contemporary craze for Japonisme, in keeping with the sitter's role as a patron of taste.
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