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John Scarlett Davis (1804 - 1845)

Lot 193: JOHN SCARLETT DAVIS 1804-1844

Sotheby's

December 8, 2005
London, United Kingdom

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Description

A FOLIO OF PORTRAIT DRAWINGS

measurements note
largest 20.5 by 13.5 cm., 8 by 5 1/4 in.

including a portrait of Mrs Scarlett Davis in Flemish dress, a young artist at his easel (possibly James Holland), a young man seated and an elderly gentleman standing by a chair

four, one indistinctly inscribed l.r.: Mrs Scarlett Davis...

pencil, one on laid paper

Quantity: 4

PROVENANCE

E. F. Burney, from whom acquired by Sir Bruce Ingram in 1954 (L.1405a), (John Scarlett Davis, An Elderly Gentleman standing by a chair)
the remaining three in the folio purchased from the Squire Gallery, London, 1953 and other sources

NOTE

John Scarlett Davis married Elizabeth Jane Abbott on 12th July 1832. Their marriage was a happy one and she bore him three daughters and three sons, of whom only the daughters survived beyond infancy. Afterwards, the artist took his bride to Antwerp where it is likely he drew the portrait included in the present lot

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