JAMES SANT R.A.
The Picture Book
oil on canvas
76 by 63.5cm., 30 by 25in.
This picture is unlined. The canvas undulates slightly. There is a craquelure pattern across the surface and ingrained dirt. The picture would benefit from a clean.
Under ultraviolet light there are two minor retouchings to the girl's fingers and in the bottom right corner. A further area of retouching below the spine of the book and a horizontal line of retouching to the left of the book. There are also two larger areas of retouching to the left of her head and infillings to her face, hair and shoulder.
Held in a gilt plaster frame with beaded and pine-cone decoration.
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Christie's, London, 25 November 2003, lot 187, as Portrait of a Girl Reading, where purchased by Stan Battat