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Victorian, Pre-Raphaelite & British Impressionist Art

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Eleanor Fortescue-Brickdale, R.W.S.
1871-1945
THE CHALLENGE
signed in a cartouche l.r.; E.F. BRICKDALE; titled on an old label attached to the backboard

 
watercolour with bodycolour and scratching-out
68.5 by 140cm., 27 by 55in.
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Provenance

Purchased from the R.S.W. exhibition in 1925 by Samuel Courtauld for £100;
Mrs E.C.F. Weale;
Sotheby’s, London, 30 January 1991, lot 243, where purchased by Seymour Stein

Exhibited

London, Royal Society of Painters in Watercolours, Summer Exhibition, 1925, no.95; Oxford, Ashmolean Museum, Centenary Exhibition of the Works of Eleanor Fortesque Brickdale, 1972-73, no.34

Literature

Illustrated London News, Christmas number 1927, pp.26-27

Catalogue Note

Depicting the issuing of a challenge against Death by the winged figure of Love, this watercolour represents the epitome of the last phase of Pre-Raphaelitism, of which Brickdale was one of the strongest and most talented exponents.

The Challenge was purchased by Samuel Courtauld, the famous industrialist and art connoisseur. After seeing an exhibition of French art at the Burlington Fine Arts Club in 1922 Courtauld began to collect Impressionist and Post-Impressionist paintings and assembled an extensive collection including masterpieces, Self-Portrait with Bandaged Ear and Peach Blossom in the Crau by Van Gogh, A Bar at the Folies-Bergère by Manet and La Loge by Renoir.

Victorian, Pre-Raphaelite & British Impressionist Art

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London