AMBROSE MCEVOY | LYDIA
John Richardson: A Scholar Collects
1878 - 1927
signed McEvoy (lower left)
oil on canvas
canvas: 30⅛ by 24½ in.; 76.5 by 62 cm
framed: 35½ by 30⅜ in.; 90 by 77 cm
Oil on canvas, lined. The picture surface is in generally good condition aside from some pigment separation and flattened impasto. Under UV light, there are a few pindots of retouching in the face and neck, but no other visible retouches.
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Claude Johnson (1864-1926), acquired in 1916
Lawrence Hendra, ed., Divine people: the art & life of Ambrose McEvoy 1877-1927, exh.cat, Philip Mould & Co., London, November 26, 2019-January 24, 2020, illustrated p. 95
London, New English Art Club, 1916
The present lot depicts Lydia Russell, the wife of painter Sir Walter Russell, Ambrose McEvoy’s teacher at the Slade School of Art and later Keeper of the Royal Academy. The first owner of this work was Claude Johnson, who was instrumental in the formation of the vehicle manufacturer Rolls-Royce and later managing director of the firm. Johnson’s father, who had been a member of the department of Science and Art at the South Kensington Museum (now the Victoria & Albert Museum), encouraged his love of art from childhood. Johnson considered becoming an artist himself, but found his skill lacking, and so turned to patronage of artist such as McEvoy, who remained a close friend until his death.