Lot 11
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SIR EDWARD JOHN POYNTER, BT., P.R.A., R.W.S. | Beware, Trust her Not, She is Fooling Thee

20,000 - 30,000 GBP
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  • Beware, Trust her Not, She is Fooling Thee
  • signed with monogram and dated 1865 l.r. and signed and indistinctly inscribed on the reverse; No.2 Bloomsbury/ Edward J. Poynter
  • watercolour with pencil and gum arabic
  • 52 by 37cm., 21 by 14½in.


Charles Nicholls & Son, Manchester;
Bruun Rasmussen Auctioneers, Copenhagen, 27 February 1996, lot 239;
Christie's, London, 7 June 1996, lot 559, where purchased by the present owner

Catalogue Note

The present watercolour is one of a small group of pictures painted by Poynter in the 1860s which clearly show the close affinities that the artist had with the art of the other members of the Aesthetic Movement Rossetti, Leighton and his brother-in-law Burne-Jones who painted a very similar picture entitled The Goldfish Pool in 1861-2 (Carlisle Art Gallery) which Poynter probably saw in the collection of another friend George Price Boyce. The lack of narrative in these pictures and concentration on female beauty, modern fashion, decorative accessories and idyllic settings was crucial to the new art style of the 1860s. Comparable pictures by Poynter include The Bunch of Blue Ribbons of 1862 (Christie's, London, 4 November 1994, lot 74), A Day Dream of 1863 (Bonhams, London, 23 March 2004, lot 74) and The Peacock Fan of 1864 (sold in these rooms, 15 November 2011, lot 49). The model for this watercolour may have been Ellen Smith, who was also popular with Rossetti, Burne-Jones, Boyce and Albert Moore in the mid-1860s until she was so badly beaten by a jealous suitor that she was no longer able to pose.