The posthumous studio sale of 1934

Studio sale catalogue

A few months after her death, the contents of Annie’s London studio was sold by auction at Christie’s of London on 9 February, 1934 – ‘the remaining works of the late Annie L. Swynnerton, A.R.A. and the artistic effects of the studio removed from 1a The Avenue, 78 Fulham Road, S. W. 3.‘, along with some ‘modern pictures and drawings from other sources.’

A scanned copy of the catalogue is available here: archive.org, as a pdf here: PDF, and individual page images below.

 

Lots 1 to 55 were from the ‘other sources’, unconnected with the studio clearance, but by coincidence also included one work by Annie (lot 18). Lots 56-157 were all from her studio, and included 275 paintings, mostly unfinished, two drawings and a small statuette which the text says was ‘by Annie’. The remaining lots were paintings by other artists found in the studio, as well as Annie’s jars, easels, frames and her palette.

The majority of the works are lost, but a significant number, such as Cupid and Psyche and the Portrait of Dame Millicent Fawcett have survived and are in public collections or recognised in auction catalogues.

The list below is taken directly from the catalogue, with metric equivalents given for painting dimensions added. Many paintings were sold in batches, as many as 14 in a single lot, but each has been given a separate line here. Paintings which appear to have specific names are given in bold, while names which are simply descriptive are given in plain text, although this is sometimes guesswork.


THE GENERAL SALE

  • Lot 18. A child in a white frock. 16½ x 13¼ inches (41.9 x 33.7 cm), by Annie L. Swynnerton, A. R. A.

The other artists in the general sale were: R. Ansdell, D. A. C. Artz, Charles Branwhite, F. C. B. Cadell, J. Callow, Eug. Campotosto, ‘Carracci’, J. Clark, E. J. Cobbett, E. W. Cooke, T. S. Cooper, T. Creswick, A de Breanski, W. Duffield, T. Gide, A. Gilbert, Peter Graham, T. B. Hardy, E. Hayllar, C. G. Hellgrist, C. Napier Hemy, G. E. Herring, J. F. Herring, J. J. Hill, L. B. Hurt, G. Jacquet, Charles Jones, E. Ladell, G. Lance, F. R. Lee, C. S. Lidderdale, James T. Linnell, J. T. Lucas, A. Montague, G. Morland, Sir David Murrat, P. Nasmyth, R. S. Noble, Julius Olsson, A. Peppercorn, ‘Potter’, A. Ribossi, Ch. Sell, W. Shayer, W. J. Shayer, H. Shepherd, Richard Sickert (2 works), J. B. Smith, ‘Snyders’, H. Verboeckhoven, and W. Widgery.

THE STUDIO SALE – WORKS AND EFFECTS OF ANNIE L. SWYNNERTON

Drawings.

  • Lot 56.
    • In the Garden of Barbereini (charcoal).
    • A study of a model with a staff (charcoal).

Paintings, framed.

  • Lot 57. Cupid and Psyche. 60 x 43 inches (152.4 x 109.2 cm).
  • Lot 58. The Soul’s Journey. 39 x 63 inches (99.1 x 160 cm). Exhibited Carnegie Institute, Pittsburgh; Manchester, 1932.
  • Lot 59. The Gulf of Spezia. 39 x 25 inches (99.1 x 63.5 cm). Exhibited Aberdeen.
  • Lot 60. A Wise Virgin. 52 x 37 inches (132.1 x 94 cm).
  • Lot 61. A lady with her children in a field. 39 x 34 inches (99.1 x 86.4 cm).
  • Lot 62. Portrait of Mrs. Charles Hunter, seated in a landscape. 35½ x 31 inches (90.2 x 78.7 cm). Exhibited Doncaster.
  • Lot 63. The Forsaken Wife. 51½ x 21¼ inches (130.8 x 54 cm).
  • Lot 64. The Brothers: two boys with a parrot. 35½ x 27½ inches (90.2 x 69.9 cm).
  • Lot 65. Master and Man. 1905. In a painted oval. 35¼ x 25½ inches (89.5 x 64.8 cm). Exhibited New Gallery, 1908.
  • Lot 66. Where Shattered Mountains Lie. 25 x 49 inches (63.5 x 124.5 cm). Exhibited Aberdeen, 1931; Manchester.
  • Lot 67. The Letter. 39½ x 18½ inches (100.3 x 47 cm).
  • Lot 68. Portrait of a gentleman. 29½ x inches (74.9 x 24.5 cm).
  • Lot 69. The Lizard. 1874. 25½ x 29 inches (64.8 x 73.7 cm).
  • Lot 70. A Distant View of the Sabines. 22 x 19½ inches (55.9 x 49.5 cm). Exhibited Huddersfield.
  • Lot 71. The Sisters: the daughters of Lord Ponsonby. 26 x 26 inches (66 x 66 cm).
  • Lot 72. An extensive landscape with hills in the distance. 18½ x 24¾ inches (47 x 62.9 cm). Exhibited Manchester.
  • Lot 73. Portrait of Henry James, Esq, in dark coat; red curtains background. 22 x 19½ inches (55.9 x 49.5 cm). Exhibited Manchester, 1932.
  • Lot 74. A Storm-Tossed Willow Feels the Spring. 19½ x 16 inches (49.5 x 40.6 cm). Exhibited Manchester, 1933.
  • Lot 75. A view from Tuscany towards Rome. 13¼ x 19 inches (33.7 x 48.3 cm). Exhibited Doncaster.
  • Lot 76. Portrait of Mrs. Christopher Tonks, in dark dress, seated, her right hand to her head. 15½ x 12¾ inches (39.4 x 32.4 cm).
  • Lot 77.
    • A Mountainous Landscape at Frascatti.
    • A landscape study.
  • Lot 78.
    • Twilight: a Neapolitan woman. 1876.
    • A boy in a nightdress.

Paintings, unframed.

  • Lot 79. The Bay of Naples: a woman and child looking over a stone wall on to the Bay. 1883. 20 x 50 inches (50.8 x 127 cm).
  • Lot 80. Portrait of Miss Louisa Garrett Anderson, C.B.E., seated at a table reading a book. 31 x 32 inches (78.7 x 81.3 cm).
  • Lot 81. Gathering Tulips. 24½ x 30 inches (62.2 x 76.2 cm).
  • Lot 82. Portrait of Dame Millicent Fawcett, in academical gown. 29 x 24 inches (73.7 x 61 cm).
  • Lot 83. A view of the coast, Isle of Man. 19½ x 37 inches (49.5 x 94 cm).
  • Lot 84. A Tuscany Girl. 23¼ x 17¾ inches (59.1 x 45.1 cm).
  • Lot 85. Portrait of a lady wearing a bead necklace. 1909. 21½ x 17¼ inches (54.6 x 43.8 cm).
  • Lot 86. Sisters. 20 x 15¾ inches (50.8 x 40 cm).
  • Lot 87.
    • A garden at Hill, Essex.
    • Sand dunes.
  • Lot 88.
    • Portrait of a lady in a white dress with red bows.
    • A lady holding a letter.

Paintings, unfinished and unstretched.

  • Lot 89. An Angel of Mercy. Arched top. 155 x 107 inches (393.7 x 271.8 cm).
  • Lot 90. A Roman Mother. Arched top. 124 x 84 inches (315 x 213.4 cm).
  • Lot 91. Mrs. Charles Hunter as “Queen Elizabeth.” 113 x 74 inches (287 x 188 cm).
  • Lot 92.
    • A study of a lady.
    • A woman lying on the grass. 1887.
  • Lot 93.
    • The Yellow Fan.
    • Head of a girl.
  • Lot 94.
    • Studies of female models.
    • Portrait of a man holding a scroll by C. Jongh.
    • Portrait of a lady.
  • Lot 95.
    • Studies of a dog and cats.
    • Parham Park, Sussex.
    • A study.
    • A study.
  • Lot 96.
    • A study of hills.
    • A winding stream.
    • A cornfield.
    • A study of hills.
    • Rocks, Isle of Man.
  • Lot 97.
    • The Rainbow.
    • Low Tide.
    • One of three studies of landscape and sky.
    • One of three studies of landscape and sky.
    • One of three studies of landscape and sky.
  • Lot 98.
    • A boy looking out.
    • Head of a girl singing.
    • A woman asleep.
    • One of two studies of ‘naked boys.’
    • One of two studies of ‘naked boys.’
  • Lot 99.
    • The Fruit Gatherers.
    • A man in armour.
    • One of three ‘studies of peasant girls.’
    • One of three ‘studies of peasant girls.’
    • One of three ‘studies of peasant girls.’
  • Lot 100.
    • One of six ‘studies of flowers and foliage.’
    • One of six ‘studies of flowers and foliage.’
    • One of six ‘studies of flowers and foliage.’
    • One of six ‘studies of flowers and foliage.’
    • One of six ‘studies of flowers and foliage.’
    • One of six ‘studies of flowers and foliage.’
  • Lot 101.
    • One of six ‘studies of foliage, seascapes, etc.’
    • One of six ‘studies of foliage, seascapes, etc.’
    • One of six ‘studies of foliage, seascapes, etc.’
    • One of six ‘studies of foliage, seascapes, etc.’
    • One of six ‘studies of foliage, seascapes, etc.’
    • One of six ‘studies of foliage, seascapes, etc.’
  • Lot 102.
    • One of seven ‘studies of figure subjects and drapery.’
    • One of seven ‘studies of figure subjects and drapery.’
    • One of seven ‘studies of figure subjects and drapery.’
    • One of seven ‘studies of figure subjects and drapery.’
    • One of seven ‘studies of figure subjects and drapery.’
    • One of seven ‘studies of figure subjects and drapery.’
    • One of seven ‘studies of figure subjects and drapery.’
  • Lot 103.
    • One of seven ‘studies of foliage, flowers, etc.’
    • One of seven ‘studies of foliage, flowers, etc.’
    • One of seven ‘studies of foliage, flowers, etc.’
    • One of seven ‘studies of foliage, flowers, etc.’
    • One of seven ‘studies of foliage, flowers, etc.’
    • One of seven ‘studies of foliage, flowers, etc.’
    • One of seven ‘studies of foliage, flowers, etc.’
    • A study of a rabbit.
  • Lot 104.
    • One of five studies of ‘a female bather’ and ‘nude children.’
    • One of five studies of ‘a female bather’ and ‘nude children.’
    • One of five studies of ‘a female bather’ and ‘nude children.’
    • One of five studies of ‘a female bather’ and ‘nude children.’
    • One of five studies of ‘a female bather’ and ‘nude children.’
    • A girl singing.
    • A study.
    • A study.
    • A study.
  • Lot 105.
    • A study of a horse.
    • A study of Mrs. Charles Hunter.
    • One of seven ‘landscape studies, etc.’
    • One of seven ‘landscape studies, etc.’
    • One of seven ‘landscape studies, etc.’
    • One of seven ‘landscape studies, etc.’
    • One of seven ‘landscape studies, etc.’
    • One of seven ‘landscape studies, etc.’
    • One of seven ‘landscape studies, etc.’
  • Lot 106.
    • One of nine ‘Italian landscapes, lake scenes, etc.’
    • One of nine ‘Italian landscapes, lake scenes, etc.’
    • One of nine ‘Italian landscapes, lake scenes, etc.’
    • One of nine ‘Italian landscapes, lake scenes, etc.’
    • One of nine ‘Italian landscapes, lake scenes, etc.’
    • One of nine ‘Italian landscapes, lake scenes, etc.’
    • One of nine ‘Italian landscapes, lake scenes, etc.’
    • One of nine ‘Italian landscapes, lake scenes, etc.’
    • One of nine ‘Italian landscapes, lake scenes, etc.’
  • Lot 107.
    • One of 14 ‘landscape, figure and other studies.’
    • One of 14 ‘landscape, figure and other studies.’
    • One of 14 ‘landscape, figure and other studies.’
    • One of 14 ‘landscape, figure and other studies.’
    • One of 14 ‘landscape, figure and other studies.’
    • One of 14 ‘landscape, figure and other studies.’
    • One of 14 ‘landscape, figure and other studies.’
    • One of 14 ‘landscape, figure and other studies.’
    • One of 14 ‘landscape, figure and other studies.’
    • One of 14 ‘landscape, figure and other studies.’
    • One of 14 ‘landscape, figure and other studies.’
    • One of 14 ‘landscape, figure and other studies.’
    • One of 14 ‘landscape, figure and other studies.’
    • One of 14 ‘landscape, figure and other studies.’
  • Lot 108. The Charmer. 120 x 85 inches (304.8 x 215.9 cm).
  • Lot 109. The Reaper and the Angel. 54½ x 92 inches (138.4 x 233.7 cm).
  • Lot 110. A pony in a field at Brooklands. 68½ x 56 inches (174 x 142.2 cm).
  • Lot 111. Venus Rising from the Sea. 64 x 50¼ inches (162.6 x 127.6 cm).
  • Lot 112. Springtime near Spezia. 38 x 29½ inches (96.5 x 74.9 cm).
  • Lot 113. A study for “Queen Elizabeth.” 26 x 36 inches (66 x 91.4 cm).
  • Lot 114. Portrait of Mrs. Charles Hunter as “Queen Elizabeth” – a study for a larger picture. 30 x 25 inches (76.2 x 63.5 cm).
  • Lot 115. A boy in a blue dress with a white collar. 20 x 15¾ inches (50.8 x 40 cm).
  • Lot 116.
    • Coast scene, Isle of Man – one of a pair. 19½ x 35 inches (49.5 x 88.9 cm).
    • Coast scene, Isle of Man – one of a pair. 19½ x 35 inches (49.5 x 88.9 cm).
  • Lot 117.
    • A water carrier.
    • An Italian woman.
  • Lot 118.
    • Studies of children.
    • A fishergirl.
  • Lot 119.
    • A scene in the Isle of Man with peasant and two geese.
    • A hilly stream.
  • Lot 120.
    • A study of a gentleman.
    • A child with fruit.
  • Lot 121.
    • A study of an old lady with a mob cap.
    • A study of a lady in a red shawl.
  • Lot 122.
    • One of two studies of ‘two girls’ heads.’
    • One of two studies of ‘two girls’ heads.’
  • Lot 123.
    • A girl with long hair.
    • Head of a girl.
  • Lot 124.
    • Head of a lady.
    • A child. On panel.
  • Lot 125.
    • Breakers, Isle of Man.
    • Rocks, Isle of Man.
  • Lot 126.
    • A woodland study.
    • A study for “Venus Rising from the Sea.”
  • Lot 127.
    • The Weaver.
    • A mother and children.
  • Lot 128.
    • A study for “Venus Rising from the Sea.”
    • A female model, reclining.
  • Lot 129.
    • A study of clouds.
    • One of two ‘studies of foliage and blossoms.’
    • One of two ‘studies of foliage and blossoms.’
  • Lot 130.
    • A garden at Hill, Essex.
    • A view from Hill, Essex.
    • A landscape study.
  • Lot 131.
    • A study in Kent.
    • Bluebells.
    • A valley scene.
  • Lot 132.
    • A view in Kent.
    • A garden scene.
    • A goat.
  • Lot 133.
    • A pathway.
    • A landscape study.
    • A landscape study.
  • Lot 134.
    • Near the Sea.
    • Springtime.
    • A study of a boy.
  • Lot 135.
    • A study for the costume of “Queen Elizabeth.”
    • A study of a child.
    • A girl with a lamb.
  • Lot 136.
    • A study of female figures.
    • A study for “The Angel of Mercy.”
    • A study.
  • Lot 137.
    • Lake Nemi.
    • A study of clouds.
    • Near Capri.
  • Lot 138.
    • Bluebells.
    • A stream with sheep.
    • Study of foliage.
    • Study of foliage.
  • Lot 139.
    • Apple blossom and children’s studies.
    • A landscape study.
    • A study for “Storm Swept Willow.”
    • A peacock.
  • Lot 140.
    • A study of a lady.
    • Head of a lady.
    • A child paddling.
    • Head of a lady.
  • Lot 141.
    • At Capri.
    • A study at Hill, Essex.
    • A study of trees.
    • A sky study.
  • Lot 142.
    • Nymphs in a glade.
    • One of two studies for “Elizabeth and her pond.”
    • One of two studies for “Elizabeth and her pond.”
    • A foal.
  • Lot 143.
    • The Late Hon. Mrs. Baring, seated.
    • Wild flowers.
    • A study of steps.
    • A study of trees.
  • Lot 144.
    • Bluebells.
    • A tree.
    • A terrier.
    • A study of drapery.
  • Lot 145.
    • Springtime at Brooklands.
    • In the Garden.
    • A child at a fountain.
    • A study of hands.
  • Lot 146.
    • A fisherman, Porto d’Anzio. On panel.
    • A mother and child. On panel.
    • A study of a head.
    • In the Garden.
  • Lot 147.
    • A Bay scene.
    • One of three ‘studies of flowers and landscapes.’
    • One of three ‘studies of flowers and landscapes.’
    • One of three ‘studies of flowers and landscapes.’ (The catalogue text also states ‘5’ items for lot 147, so there may have been four studies, not three.)
  • Lot 148.
    • The Departure.
    • A study for “Reaper and the Angel.”
    • The Drawing Room.
    • The Balcony.
    • A study of blossoms.
  • Lot 149.
    • A buttercup field.
    • Figure studies.
    • A goat.
    • A study of a dog.
    • Undescribed.
  • Lot 150.
    • A mother and child. On panel.
    • A peasant woman. On panel.
    • One of three ‘studies of hands, etc.’
    • One of three ‘studies of hands, etc.’
    • One of three ‘studies of hands, etc.’
  • Lot 151.
    • Sacred Love, after Titian. On panel.
    • Assisi.
    • In the Woods. On panel.
    • A study.
    • A study.
    • A study.
    • A study.
  • Lot 152.
    • A study for Joan of Arc.
    • A girl gathering wild flowers.
    • A town in Italy.

Paintings, framed, unfinished.

  • Lot 153. A study for the Lambton children. 80 x 59½ inches (203.2 x 151.1 cm). Exhibited Manchester.
  • Lot 154. A girl in striped frock, seated. 1878. 19 x 15½ inches (48.3 x 39.4 cm).
  • Lot 155.
    • A moorland pony.
    • A side canal, Venice.
  • Lot 156.
    • One of two studies for “The Temple of Love.”
    • One of two studies for “The Temple of Love.”
    • A Venetian colonnade.
  • Lot 157.
    • Moonlight, Capri.
    • A child in a white dress.
    • Near Assisi.
    • A man’s head. On slate.

Sculpture.

  • Lot 172. A bronze figure of a lady, holding a feather, inscribed ‘Winifred’, by Annie L. Swynnerton, A. R. A. 17¾” (45 cm) high. 86.36

Other items from the studio.

  • Lot 158. Portrait of Mrs. Swynnerton, when a child, in the centre with her two sisters, in blue frocks. Drawing, circular, 7¾” (19.7 cm) diameter.
  • Lot 159-160. Paintings by Guercino, Moroni and Zuccarelli.*

* In a Christie’s auction of 7 October 1999 two paintings, oil on canvas, unframed and unstretched, “Tobias and the Angel” and “Sybils praying before a brazier” by “a follower of Francesco Zuccarelli,” provenance “Anne L. Swynnerton A.R.A. Christie’s, London, 9th February 1934, lot 160” were sold as a pair for £1,035.

  • Lot 161-166. Fifty jars and water vessels, many faience and pharmacy containers.
  • Lot 167.01. A Spanish carved wood group of Mary Magdalene, weeping at the base of the cross. 44″ (112 cm) high.
  • A carved ivory group of Christ crucified, in metal case. 17″ (43 cm) high.
  • Lot 168. A white marble bust of a cardinal, wearing his chain of office. 30″ (76 cm) high.
  • Lot 169. A white marble bust of a bearded man. 36″ (91 cm) high.
  • A figure [i.e., sculpture] of a girl with curled hair, reading a paper. 34″ (86 cm) high.
  • Lot 170. A panel of Flemish tapestry, woven with a knight and attendant figures kneeling before an altar. 8′ 6″ high, 12′ wide (2.59 x 3.66 m). 102 x 144 inches (259.1 x 365.8 cm).
  • Lot 171. Two persian rugs.
  • Lot 173-178. Twenty-one frames, gilt and carved with foliage, plus five ebonised and one tortoiseshell frames.
  • Lot 179. Two easels and ‘The Artist’s Palette.’