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Property of a Distinguished Collector

Joseph Edward Southall, R.W.S., R.B.S.A., N.E.A.C.

Study for St Dorothea and Her Two Sisters Refusing to Worship the Idol

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July 14, 02:36 PM GMT

Estimate

3,000 - 5,000 GBP

Lot Details

Description

Property of a Distinguished Collector

Joseph Edward Southall, R.W.S., R.B.S.A., N.E.A.C.

British

1861-1944

Study for St Dorothea and Her Two Sisters Refusing to Worship the Idol


signed with monogram and dated 1901 centre left; inscribed Study for St Dorothea on the reverse

pencil, watercolour and bodycolour on pink paper 

Unframed: 26.5 by 13cm., 10½ by 5in.

Framed: 41 by 31cm., 16 by 12¼in.

Hartnoll & Eyre (by 1969)
Michael Gillingham
Campbell Wilson Gallery, London
Purchased from the above by the present owner in 2000
The present work is a preparatory study for Joseph Southall’s impressive painting titled St Dorothea and Her Two Sisters Refusing to Worship the Idol. The finished version was executed in tempera and gold paint on canvas with eight gemstones, sold in these rooms, 2 November 1994, lot 233. The work was widely exhibited, first appearing at the summer exhibition of The New Gallery in 1902 and then travelling to Reading and Birmingham in the same year.

St Dorothea was a third century Christian martyr of Caesarea, a city of Cappadocia in Asia Minor. Her two sisters were ordered by the Roman Governor of the province to persuade her to renounce Christianity. Instead she converted her two sisters and the three were condemned to torture and death.