Property from a Private Collection
ANTHONY FREDERICK AUGUSTUS SANDYS
Portrait of Reine Chapman and her Pug-Dog
inscribed, dated and signed u.l.: Reine Chapman. 1881./ F.Sandys
coloured chalks and pencil on pale blue-grey paper
76 by 56cm., 30 by 22in.
The sheet appears to be sound and is flat in the frame. There are stains and foxings - visible in the catalogue illustration - the condition of the drawing could be inproved by professional cleaning by a restorer specialising in works on paper. There is a small crease along the left edge which appears to be instrinsic to the sheet.
The picture is contained in a carved wooden and plaster frame and under glass.
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Murray's, Douglas, Isle-of-Man, 10 March 2018, lot 104, where purchased by the present owner
This portrait is not included in the catalogue raisonne of Sandys' work and is therefore a rediscovery. Canine companions occasionally appear in Sandys' work, including a pug puppy in the ironically-titled Kittie (Miss Ellen Ellis) of 1873 (Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool), a collie in the portrait of Cyril Flower of 1872 (private collection) and a dachshund in the portrait of his sons Conrad Herbert Flower and Violet Flower of 1885 (private collection). In 1875 Sandys made a study of pug named Sukey (Christie's, South Kensington, 8 November 2009, lot 102).