Valentine Cameron Prinsep (1838 - 1904)

Lot 294: Valentine Cameron Prinsep, R.A. (1838-1904)


February 19, 2003
London, United Kingdom

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Description: On the Lido, Venice signed with initials 'VCP.' (lower left) oil on canvas 591/2 x 22 in. (151.1 x 55.9 cm.) PROVENANCE The Mackelvie Trust, Auckland, New Zealand, 1982. with Whitford and Hughes, 1982. Bought by private treaty through Sotheby's, 1985. EXHIBITION London, Louise Whitford and David Hughes, Visions Rich and Strange 1880-1920, 1982, no. 5. The Heatherley School of Fine Art: 150th Anniversary Exhibition, 1996, no. 18. NOTES This picture is a strip cut from the left or right sides of lot 293. The height of the canvas is the same, the colouring and figure style are identical, and the horizon corresponds exactly. Both sides of lot 293 appear to have been trimmed, leaving figures awkwardly truncated, but the present fragment almost certainly comes from the left-hand edge. It is significant that the signature is in the lower left corner, which it would hardly have been if the fragment had had come from the right of the canvas (which, in its present form, has no signature at all). Furthermore, the principal figure is surely the 'tall girl...who saunters towards us on the left' mentioned in the Athenaeum review which is quoted in connection with lot 293. Even the fragment as we have it is probably not the whole piece that was cut away. A strip seems to be lost on the right since neither the figures nor the foliage join up with the main picture, while the two children on the left seem to be looking at some feature that is now missing.
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