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Victorian, Pre-Raphaelite & British Impressionist Art

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Bernard Sleigh
1872 - 1954
BEATRICE
inscribed with lines from Dante in two cartouches u.l. and signed, inscribed and dated 1899 on the backboard
watercolour with bodycolour
27 by 18cm., 10½ by 7in.
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Provenance

Sotheby's, Belgravia, 27 April 1982, lot 335, where purchased by Seymour Stein

Catalogue Note

Like Meteyard, Bernard Sleigh was a teacher at Birmingham School of Art in the city in which Burne-Jones had also been born and raised. The influence of Burne-Jones is very apparent in the present depiction of Beatrice Portinari, the beloved of Dante Alghieri, although there also appears to be some knowledge of the work of Rossetti with whom the story of Beatrice and Dante’s love is most associated. Behind Beatrice in Sleigh’s picture are two quotations from Dante’s best-known works, Purgatorio and La Vita Nouva, both of which refer to Beatrice (the Italian is slightly inaccurate); Behold, a deity stronger than I; who coming, shall rule over me’ and Look over here! I am, I truly am Beatrice!'

Victorian, Pre-Raphaelite & British Impressionist Art

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London