CAME ACROSS THIS in ‘Review of the Principal Aquisitions During the Year 1915,’ published by the Victoria and Albert Museum, page 36:
Five seventeenth-century Italian chairs were given by Mrs. Swynnerton in memory of her late husband, the late Mr. J. M. Swynnerton. They are of figured walnut veneered on the same wood, and are enriched with marquetry, and were purchased by Mr. Swynnerton from the church of St. Francis at Assisi.
The V&A only has only three such chairs in it’s online database (collections.vam.ac.uk), which confirms them as ‘Gifted by Mrs. Swynnerton in memory of her husband, Mr. J. M. Swynnerton of Fulham Road, SW London.’ None were on display when I visitied this week.
THERE ARE PORTRAITS BY GEORGE FREDERICK WATTS of members of the Ionides family in the Victoria & Albert museum. Annie is said to have been much influenced by Watts, and also painted at least one of the family, Agathonike, daughter of Euterpe Craies (née Ionides) and grandaughter of Agathonike Ionides, wife of Constantine Ionides, Manchester cloth-merchant and art collector who left the bulk of his 1000+ pieces to the museum.
Agathonike Ionides (1844-1920) and Euterpe Ionides (1861-1955) by G. F. Watts, and Agathonike Craies (née Ionides, 1885-1947) by Annie L. Swynnerton.
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