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PROPERTY OF A LADY

John Atkinson Grimshaw
MY WEE WHITE ROSE
Estimate
70,000100,000
LOT SOLD. 87,500 GBP
JUMP TO LOT
52

PROPERTY OF A LADY

John Atkinson Grimshaw
MY WEE WHITE ROSE
Estimate
70,000100,000
LOT SOLD. 87,500 GBP
JUMP TO LOT

Details & Cataloguing

Victorian, Pre-Raphaelite & British Impressionist Art

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John Atkinson Grimshaw
1836-1893
MY WEE WHITE ROSE
signed and dated u.r.: Atkinson Grimshaw/1882
oil on canvas
76 by 48cm., 30 by 19in.
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Provenance

Christie's, London, 31 May 1995, lot 161;
Private collection

Exhibited

Leeds City Art Gallery, Southampton City Art Gallery and Liverpool, Walker Art Gallery, Atkinson Grimshaw, 1979-80, no.29;
Harrogate, Mercer Art Gallery and London, Guildhall Art Gallery, Atkinson Grimshaw, Painter of Moonlight, 2011, not numbered

Literature

K. Payne, Knight's Errand, 1987, illustrated opposite p.16;
Alexander Robertson, Atkinson Grimshaw, 1988, p.39, illustrated plate 39;
Jane Sellars (ed.), Atkinson Grimshaw, Painter of Moonlight, 2011, p.60, illustrated fig.67

Catalogue Note

The model for My Wee White Rose was Miss Agnes Leefe, a former actress from the Leeds Grand Theatre who joined the Grimshaw household around 1878. Among Leefe’s earliest appearances in Grimshaw’s art was in The Cradle Song (sold in these rooms, 10 December 2012, lot 41) where she is depicted in her role as governess to the Grimshaw children. Guy Ragland Phillips insisted that the relationship between Leefe and his grandfather; ‘was only professional’ but the artist’s daughter Elaine recalled that, ‘Poor Mama... was deeply hurt... Agnes Leefe remained, living in the studio, but having her dinner with us – between 4 o’clock and 5 – and sleeping upstairs in a front attic bedroom.’ Leefe is also thought to have posed for the various versions of Iris, the nudity of which may account for Mrs Grimshaw’s concern. There is a photograph of Agnes Leefe at Knostrop, dressed in the same white dress and bonnet worn in My Wee White Rose. Whatever her exact position in the Grimshaw household, her life was short and she died in 1890 at Knostrop Hall, nursed by Mrs Theodosia Grimshaw.

Victorian, Pre-Raphaelite & British Impressionist Art

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London