Maud Frances Eyston Sumner (South African, 1902-1985)
Still life on a window ledge, Kirstenbosch signed 'Sumner' (lower left) oil on canvas 59.5 x 73.5cm (23 7/16 x 28 15/16in).
PROVENANCE: Gifted by the artist to Professor Robert Harold Compton (1886-1979) Thence by direct descent to the current owner
The above work depicts the view from Professor Compton's house at Kirstenbosch. Professor R.H. Compton was director of the National Botanical Gardens at Kirstenbosch from 1919 to 1953. The Compton Herbarium at Kirstenbosch, which he founded in 1939, was named in his honour.
Sumner was close to the Compton family as Professor Compton's daughter Phyllida Compton had studied with Maud at the Académie de la Grande Chaumière in Paris during the early 1930s.
The above work can be dated to the mid 1940s; Sumner had returned to South Africa from 1941 to 1946 as her mother was unwell. A work depicting Lady Anne Barnard's Bath, Kirstenbosch and dated 1943 is illustrated in Eglinton's monograph.
BIBLIOGRAPHY: C. Eglinton, Maud Sumner, (Cape Town, 1968), pl.22