SIR THOMAS LAWRENCE, P.R.A.
1769 - 1830
THE BEAUTIFUL WASHERWOMAN
black and red chalks, heightened with stump on paper
unframed: 63.5 by 41.6cm., 25 by 16in.
framed: 88 by 65cm., 34½ by 25½in.
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Not examined unframed. Overall condition extremely good. Very light horizontal crease across centre, but sheet and chalk otherwise in excellent, fresh condition. Sold in a modern gilded frame.
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Richard Monckton Milnes, 1st Lord Houghton (1808-1885)
by family descent until
Sotheby’s, London, The Duchess, Property & Precious Objects from the Estate of Mary, Duchess of Roxburghe, 28 May 2015, lot 71
Purchased at the above sale
Leeds, The Royal Yorkshire Jubilee Exhibition, 1887, unnumbered
This highly finished drawing is rare within Lawrence’s oeuvre on account of its subject and large scale. The work descended within the family of Richard, 1st Lord Houghton until 2015, whereupon it was sold by the executors of Mary, Duchess of Roxburghe (1915-2014), along with much of the contents of her maternal family home, West Horsley Place in Surrey.