The Property of a Private Collector
ENGLISH SCHOOL, CIRCA 1830
ELEGANT LADIES IN A TOWNHOUSE INTERIOR
oil on canvas
unframed: 65 x 81.5 cm.; 25⅝ x 32 in.
framed: 73 x 89 cm.; 28¾ x 32⅛ in.
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The canvas is lined, the paint surface is secure and stable with a dirty surface with some accretions, and an old and discoloured varnish. There are no major damages visible bar some surface scratches and scuffs, and some discoloured old retouchings in the green of the walls. Inspection under ultra violet light confirms these and reveals a handful of others in the ceiling and three restored scratches in the background around the woman in yellow - ultra violet light also reveals the very uneven application of the varnish.
In good overall condition.
Offered in a modern gold slip frame in good condition.
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Richard Sidney Timewell (1913-2002), Villa Léon l’Africain, Tangiers, Morocco;
His sale, Paris, Daguerre, 15 June 2005, lot 59;
Anonymous sale, London, Sotheby’s Olympia, 18 May 2006, lot 49;
Private collection, London.
It seems likely that the canvasses hanging on the wall of this elegant interior would have been by the celebrated painter of landscape and rural life, Thomas Barker of Bath (1769-1847). Richard Sidney Timewell (see Provenance) was a scholar and collector. He worked at Sotheby's London and New York as Head of the Furniture Department before retiring in 1967 to Villa Léon l'Africain in Tangier with his partner, the renowned interior decorator Michael Raymond. This canvas hung among the Timewell collection at Villa Léon l’Africain until its sale in 2005. The Villa was subsequently acquired by Yves Saint Laurent and Pierre Bergé in 2007.