11 June 2004
William Clarke Wontner (1857-1930)
signed and dated 'W.Wontner 1925' (lower left)
oil on canvas
24 7/8 x x 20 7/8 in. (63.2 x 53 cm.)
with Owen Edgar, London.
Anonymous sale; Sotheby's Parke-Bernet, New York, 21 May 1987, lot 412, (£8,384).
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London, Owen Edgar Gallery, Master Paintings from Four Centuries, 1984, as 'Portrait of a young lady'.
William Clarke Wontner was the friend and one-time tutor of John William Godward , R.B.A. (1861-1922, see lot 162). They shared a neo-classical aesthetic; and Wontner's portraits and ideal heads are often rendered in glowing colours set against a marble backdrop.
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