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ANTHONY FREDERICK AUGUSTUS SANDYS | The Red Cap

Estimate
20,000 - 30,000 GBP
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Description

  • Anthony Frederick Augustus Sandys
  • The Red Cap
  • signed and dated u.l.: A.F. Sandys 1900
  • coloured chalk with pencil on paper attached to board
  • 49 by 34cm., 19¾ by 13¾in.

Provenance

Bought from the artist by William Connal Jnr., by whom sold Christie’s, 14 March 1908, lot 79 and bought by Dowdeswell & Dowdeswell, London;
Miss Patricia de Bertodano, by whom sold Sotheby’s, Belgravia, 6 March 1976, lot 35, where purchased by Seymour Stein

Literature

Percy Bate, The Studio, October 1904, illustrated p.10;
Betty Elzea, Frederick Sandys - 1829-1904, A Catalogue Raisonnee, 2001, pp.289-290, cat.no.5.42, illustrated p.289

Catalogue Note

Sandys’ excellent draughtsmanship is demonstrated in this beautiful study of his youngest child Gertrude ‘Girlie’ (1886-1920) who later married Lionel, the son of the artist and designer Walter Crane against parental opposition from both families. This portrait of her dressed in a simple dress with a square neck and a red fisherman’s cap, was drawn when she was fourteen and her adoring father was seventy-one and it is clear that it was his love for her lively personality that rejuvenated Sandys’ later Art. The eponymous cap may have been borrowed from one of the fishermen at Pevensey Bay in Sussex where the Sandys family holidayed around this time.
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