Sotheby’s 1981 sale of ‘Joan of Arc.’

Obtained a copy of the 1981 Sotheby's catalogue which includes Annie's 'Joan of Arc.' A beautiful, fully illustrated catalogue, all in colour. A few favourites are reproduced below. There is no additional information on Annie's work - I was hoping for information on provenance, but there is nothing other than the painting's size, that the …

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A ‘compliments’ note from Annie on Ebay.

AN ITEM has appeared on Ebay, a note signed by Annie, dated 13 Oct 1913 ("13. X. 13."), with the words "with Mrs. Swynnerton's compliments" on the back, all written on a small piece of notepaper with some very attractive Arts and Crafts-style decoration around the edge. No provenance given. Not quite sure I'd want …

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New work by Annie, ‘Portrait of a woman holding a dove,’ sold at auction.

A previously unknown work by Annie, Portrait of a woman holding a dove, sold today at John Nicholson's, Surrey. It is signed Annie L. Robinson / 187..., the exact year is difficult to read from the auction site images, but may be 1873. It is, therefore a very early work, painted around the time as …

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Another diversion … Mable Alvarez (1891-1985).

All rather quiet on the Swynnerton front, though occasional works by Annie or others in her circle will hopefully start turning up again in the spring. So, for now, another artist whose work I happen to like, Mable Alvarez. Mable Alvarez was born in 1891 on the Hawaiian island of Oahu, her family resettling in …

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‘A Dream of Italy’ dated to 1894 at the latest.

Have found a mention of Annie's A Dream of Italy, in a newspaper article dated 1894, as on display at the Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool. (Liverpool Mercury, 1 Sep 1894) This is five years older than any previous reference I had come across, and I'm guessing that this was the first time the painting had …

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‘The Lady in White’ is NOT Louisa Wilkinson / Founding of the ‘Society of Women Painters.’

IN A PREVIOUS POST (now deleted to avoid misinformation) I had identified the subject of The Lady in White, a painting known from auction sales, as possibly being Louisa Letita Wilkinson, wife of physician Matthew Wilkinson - my evidence being (1) she had lived near to Annie's address in Manchester at the time, (2) details …

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Dacre’s ‘Portrait of Lydia Becker’ dated to 1885 / Biographical snippets

SUSAN DACRE'S Portrait of Lydia Becker, previously dated c.1885-c.1890, can arguably be dated to 1885, having being exhibited at the Manchester Academy in February 1886 (The Manchester Weekly Times, 27 Feb 1886). Presumably this was the first showing after completion date for what is a very fine work. Oil paints, especially dark colours, takes weeks …

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