Sir Thomas Lawrence, P.R.A.
Sold for $7,500
"Portrait of Miss Mary Isabelle Bloxham, the Artist's Niece", ca. 1825
pencil and chalk on parchment or vellum
Matted, glazed and framed.
sight 8-3/4" x 6-3/4", framed 16" x 14"
Provenance: Bloxham family, England; Scott & Fowles, New York, New York; Bruce McCashin Collection.
Exhibited: London, Edward Gallery, Exhibition of Sixty Drawings by Sir Thomas Lawrence, P.R.A., April 23, 1913, no. 12.
Literature: Patmore, Peter George and Lawrence, Thomas, Sir Thomas Lawrence's Cabinet of Gems, London: Ackerman & Co., 1837, illus. opposite p. 22; Edward Gallery, Exhibition of Sixty Drawings by Sir Thomas Lawrence, London: Bemrose & Sons, Ltd., 1913, p. 8.; Garlick, Kenneth "A Catalogue of the Paintings, Drawings, and Pastels of Sir Thomas Lawrence", The Thirty-Ninth Volume of the Walpole Society, Glasgow: University Press, 1964, p. 216 no. 2.; "Lawrence Drawings Sold" The New York Times, August 2, 1913.
Notes: Together with a copy of the exhibition catalogue from 1913.
The sitter of this fine drawing was the daughter of Thomas Lawrence's beloved sister, Anne. Anne and her husband, the Reverend Richard Bloxam, had ten children, all of whom were sketched by Lawrence numerous times over the years. These very personal and intimate sketches were gathered into a small book Thomas Lawrence's Cabinet of Gems, where they were delicately rendered in stipple and soft ground etching by Frederick Christian Lewis in 1837. This book, and its etchings, proved immensely popular, and the print of the drawing offered here can be found in such collections as the British Museum.
**In good, professionally restored condition. Slight toning to parchment/vellum. Very slight buckling of parchment/vellum within frame. Creases at mid-left, lower right and upper right - the last corresponding to probable old repair and accompanying small losses. Old repair to upper center above head. Scattered pinprick-sized areas of discoloration. Please see additional images.