SARAH BIFFIN, LATER MRS WRIGHT | SELF-PORTRAIT BEFORE HER EASEL, CIRCA 1821
SARAH BIFFIN, LATER MRS WRIGHT
Quantoxhead 1784 - Liverpool 1850
SELF-PORTRAIT BEFORE HER EASEL, CIRCA 1821
Watercolour and bodycolour on ivory, gilt-wood frame
124 by 103 mm.
There is a crack, 6mm from the left side, running 2.5cm to the left edge. Evidence of some colour fading.
"In response to your inquiry, we are pleased to provide you with a general report of the condition of the property described above. Since we are not professional conservators or restorers, we urge you to consult with a restorer or conservator of your choice who will be better able to provide a detailed, professional report. Prospective buyers should inspect each lot to satisfy themselves as to condition and must understand that any statement made by Sotheby's is merely a subjective, qualified opinion. Prospective buyers should also refer to any Important Notices regarding this sale, which are printed in the Sale Catalogue.
NOTWITHSTANDING THIS REPORT OR ANY DISCUSSIONS CONCERNING A LOT, ALL LOTS ARE OFFERED AND SOLD AS IS" IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE CONDITIONS OF BUSINESS PRINTED IN THE SALE CATALOGUE."
Sale, London, Sotheby's, 9 June 1986, lot 225
This miniature by Sarah Biffin is a variant of a self-portrait which was engraved by R.W. Sievier and published in London in June 1821 and dedicated by the artist to Princess Augusta.