http://www.invaluable.com/auction-lot/maria-spartali-stillman-1844-1927-129-c-nv1xald8hbStill-life of peonies and irises in a Chinese vase<br>signed with initials, inscribed and dated 'MS to BM 1921' (lower right)<br>pencil and watercolour with gum arabic heightened with bodycolour, unframed<br>20 3/4 x 14 in. (52.5 x 35.5 cm.)
Description: Still-life of peonies and irises in a Chinese vase signed with initials, inscribed and dated 'MS to BM 1921' (lower right) pencil and watercolour with gum arabic heightened with bodycolour, unframed 20 3/4 x 14 in. (52.5 x 35.5 cm.)
Artist or Maker: Maria Spartali Stillman (1844-1927)
Notes: The inscription 'MS to BM 1921' can almost certainly be read as 'Marie Stillman to Bella Middleton'. Bella Middleton (née Stillman), the artist's sister-in-law, was married to John Henry Middleton, son of the architect John Middleton and director of both the Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge and the South Kensington Museum.
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