ANTHONY FREDERICK AUGUSTUS SANDYS
PORTRAIT OF MAY GILLILAN
signed on a fragment of the old mount attached to the reverse; F Sandys
pencil with coloured chalks heightened with bodycolour on pale green tinted paper
37 by 28cm., 14½ by 11in.
The paper sheet is flat in the mount and there are no signs of cockling, holes or tears. There are small areas of discolured restoration in the bottom left and top right corners, the effects of which could be lessened by a professional paper restorer if desired. Unexamined out of the frame.
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Commissioned by the sitter's father William Gillilan of 6 Palace Gate, Kensington;
Wooley & Wallis, Salisbury, 15 April 1996, lot 85;
Bonham's, London, 19 March 1997, lot 106;
Maas Gallery, 2012;
Betty Elzea, Frederick Sandys, A Complete Catalogue Raisonne, 1999, p.268 cat.4.27
London, Maas Gallery, British Pictures (1840-1940, 1998, no.39
This drawing originally incorporated a portrait of the sitter's sister Winnie but was subsequently reduced to a single portrait. May was the eldest daughter of William and Mary Gillilan who commissioned Sandys to portray them both and their three daughters Winnie, May and Christabel.