GEORGE JOHN PINWELL
1842 - 1875
THE GREAT LADY
signed and dated l.l.: GJ Pinwell/ 73.; titled, signed and inscribed with the artist's address on the backboard
watercolour and bodycolour
56 by 83cm., 22 by 32½in.
The sheet appears sound and the work in very good overall condition. Cockles slightly in the corners and some minor abrasions to upper left edge and some possible abrasions in lower right corner.
Held in a gilt frame under glass, possibly the original; unexamined out of frame.
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Bought in 1873 by William Austin Esq. of Ellern Mede, Totteridge;
R.E. Tatham of 20 York Street, London, his sale Christie's, London, 29 February 1908, lot 76;
Seymour Collins Esq.;
Abbott & Holder, London, where purchased by the previous owner in 1971 and thence by descent
London, Royal Watercolour Society, Summer Exhibition, 1873, no.123;
London, Deschamps Gallery, Exhibition of Works by the Late G.J. Pinwell, 1876, no.44;
Paris, Universal Exhibition (British Fine Art Section; Class 2), 1878, no.119;
Possibly London, Royal Watercolour Society Art Club, 1888, no.86;
Birmingham, Royal Birmingham Society of Artists, Spring Exhibition (Special Collection of Works by the Late G.J. Pinwell, RWS and the Late George Mason, ARA), 1895, no.422;
Newcastle, Laing Art Gallery, Special Inaugural Loan Exhibition, 1904
'Fine Arts: The Society of Painters in Watercolours', Athenaeum, 3 May 1873, pp.571-73 'by far the most powerful and vigorous of the artist's works';
'Fine Arts: Watercolour Exhibitions; The Old Society', Illustrated London News, 3 May 1873, p.422;
'Watercolour Exhibitions', The Globe, 7 May 1873, p.6, 'the most attractive object on the walls';
'Watercolour Exhibitions', The Times, 9 May 1873, p.4;
'The Watercolour Exhibitions', The Examiner, 10 May 1873, pp.488–90, 'most important figure-picture';
'The Society of Painters in Watercolours', The Art Journal, June 1873, pp.173–74;
'Literature, Science, and Art', John Bull, 7 June 1873, p.381;
'Works of the Late G. J. Pinwell', The Globe, 21 February 1876, p.6 'marks the culminating point of the painter's art';
'Exhibition of the Works of G. J. Pinwell', Pall Mall Gazette, 23 February 1876, pp.11-12;
'The Late Mr. Pinwell — Exhibition of His Works', Birmingham Daily Post, 26 February 1876, p.5, 'probably the most perfect work of his pencil';
George C. Williamson, George J. Pinwell and his Works, London, 1900, pp.21, 58;
David Croal Thomson, 'The International Exhibition at Glasgow: The Pictures', The Art Journal, November 1901, pp.321–25;
Donato Esposito, Frederick Walker and the Idyllists, London, 2017, p.58
We are grateful to Donato Esposito for his assistance cataloguing this lot.