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Lot 30: Kate Elizabeth Bunce , 1858-1927 the minstrel oil on canvas

Victorian & Edwardian Art

by Sotheby's

July 15, 2008

London, United Kingdom

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Description: signed with monogram l.l.: oil on canvas

When this painting was exhibited at the Birmingham Society of Artists in 1890 the subject was described thus; 'Through the narrow streets of a medieval town the glee-maiden pursues her way, touching her mandolin as she goes, self-absorbed and heedless of the gossiping remarks and the wondering glances of those who have clustered at their doors to see her pass.' (Birmingham Daily Post, 19 September 1890, p. 4). The critic complimented Bunce for her 'thoughtful production... wrought out with genuine artistic feeling'.

Provenance: Broadway, Haynes Fine Art;
Private collection

Dimensions: measurements note 143 by 76 cm., 56 by 29 in.

Exhibited: Birmingham Society of Artists, Autumn Exhibition, 1890, number not known;
London, Royal Academy, 1890, no. 178;
Manchester City Art Gallery, Birmingham City Art Gallery and Southampton City Art Gallery, Pre-Raphaelite Women Artists, 1997-1998, no. 70

Literature: Jan Marsh and Pamela Gerrish Nunn, Pre-Raphaelite Women Artists, 1997, illus. p. 1 and p. 145

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