EQUESTRIAN PORTRAIT OF ELIZABETH WILLIAMSON (and preparatory sketches)

EQUESTRIAN PORTRAIT OF ELIZABETH WILLIAMSON

Swynnerton, Annie Louisa, 1844-1933; Miss Elizabeth Williamson on a Pony

Image: www.tate.org.uk.

  • Medium: oil on canvas.
  • Dimentions: 1312 x 1682 mm (2.32 m²).
  • History: dated 1906-7; also known as ‘Miss Elizabeth Williamson on a pony’ and (Academy Notes for 1907) ‘Elizabeth Williamson at Wemmergill.’ Elizabeth was the great-granddaughter of Mrs. Charles Hunter, part of Hill House circle; exhibited Manchester Art Gallery 1923; Royal Academy of Arts 1934;  “presented [to the Tate] by F. Howard 1939.”
  • Location: Tate.

‘Elizabeth Williamson was the great-granddaughter of Mrs. Charles Hunter, owner of the Villa Barbaro in Venice, friend of Henry James and Edith Wharton. Mrs. Hunter was a collector and philanthropist of the arts, and an intimate friend of Sargent who painted her. It was Sargent who introduced Mrs. Hunter to Mancini, and she commissioned him the portrait of her nephew Elisabeth. Elizabeth’s mother, Phyllis, was painted by Sargent in 1902. The painting is now kept at Tate’ (www.deartibus.it).

Elizabeth was also painted by Italian Artist Antonio Mancini in 1908, also part of the Hill House circle, with which Annie was associated.

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Image: www.deartibus.it.


PORTRAIT OF ELIZABETH WILLIAMSON

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Image: www.tate.org.uk.

  • Medium: oil on canvas.
  • Dimensions: 297 x 337 mm (0.12 m²), Mallham’s; 320 x 360 mm (0.12 m²), Tate.
  • History: signed and dated 1906; auctioned Mallham’s, Cheltenham, 21 Aug 2008, “ANNIE LOUISE SWYNNERTON … Portrait of a young girl with blonde hair wearing a polo neck jumper, signed and dated ‘Annie L Swynnerton 1906’ bas gauche [bottom left], oil on canvas, 13¼” x 11¾ [337 x 298 mm],” realised £400, assumed here to be the same work, although the sizes are different, but these may equally have been different studies; owned by art historian and author of The Life and Works of Annie Louisa Swynnerton, Susan Thomson; ‘Presented [to the Tate] by Chris Thomson, in memory of Susan Thomson, 2013.’
  • Location: Tate, with a detailed essay on the web page.

OIL SKETCH FOR EQUESTRIAN PORTRAIT OF ELIZABETH WILLIAMSON

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Images: www.the-saleroom.com.

  • Medium: oil on canvas.
  • Dimensions: 390 x 530 mm (0.21 m²).
  • History: 1906 (by association with above works); auctioned Keys, Aylsham, 28 Nov 2019.
  • Location: unknown.

 

 

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