Lot 119: VALENTINE CAMERON PRINSEP, R.A. (1838-1904) LADY TENNYSON ON AFTON DOWNS, FRESHWATER BAY, ISLE OF WIGHT
June 7, 1995
New York, NY, USA
Description: oil on canvas 87.5 by 66 cm.; 34 1/2 by 26 in. Born Mary Emily Prinsep, Lady Tennyson was the daughter of Charles Robert Prinsep, Advocate-General of Calcutta and first cousin to the artist. Brought up in England under the influence of her aunt Mrs Thoby Prinsep she became familiar with the artistic circle surrounding her aunt at Little Holland House. A much admired beauty she sat on several occasions for Watts and was a frequently model for the photographic works of Julia Margaret Cameron. Her first husband. Andrew Hitchins, died in 1918 and she subsequently married Hallam, the second Lord Tennyson. She died in 1931 and is buried in the churchyard at Compton, Surrey, near the Watts Mausoleum. PROVENANCE By descent to Mrs Claudia Prinsep. EXHIBITED London Borough of Southwark, South London Art Gallery and Cuming Museum, Val Prinsep RA: A Jubilee Painter, 1977, no.32.