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117
Florence Martin
FINISHING TOUCHES
Estimate
6,0008,000
LOT SOLD. 5,000 GBP
JUMP TO LOT
117
Florence Martin
FINISHING TOUCHES
Estimate
6,0008,000
LOT SOLD. 5,000 GBP
JUMP TO LOT

Details & Cataloguing

A GREAT BRITISH COLLECTION: The pictures collected by Sir David and Lady Scott, sold to benefit the Finnis Scott Foundation

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Florence Martin
EXH. 1876-1893
FINISHING TOUCHES

signed and dated l.r.: FM 79; inscribed on reverse: 'Finishing Touches' / Florence Martin / 66 St George's Sq


oil on canvas
40.5 by 30 cm.; 16 by 11 ¾ in.
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Provenance

Phillips, Son & Neale, 19 December 1981, lot 145;
Christopher Wood, London, where bought by Sir David Scott, 17 February 1982 for £1,500

Exhibited

Probably London, Royal Academy, 1879, no. 399 as The Art Student

Catalogue Note

This delightful subject shows the exotic interior of an artist's studio, piled with draperies and props and with a portfolio stand and drawings littered about and pinned to the walls. A young boy, dressed in velvet knickerbockers and a lace collar, audaciously takes a brush and mahl-stick to apply a dab of paint to a work which stands in its frame on a studio easel. The angle at which the painting in question is shown is too oblique to allow the subject to be seen. It seems likely, however, that it is in fact a portrait of the child, who appears to be dressed in 'Van Dyck' style to sit to the absent artist. The fact that the work is displayed in its frame indicates that it is finished, and awaits the inspection of the commissioner or buyer.

It seems likely that the painting is identical with Florence Martin's Royal Academy exhibit The Art Student (although that particular work is not described in the Art Journal review of the 1879 exhibition, so this remains a supposition).

A GREAT BRITISH COLLECTION: The pictures collected by Sir David and Lady Scott, sold to benefit the Finnis Scott Foundation

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