Frederic, Lord Leighton, PRA (British, 1830-1896) Portrait of May Sartoris
Lot 107
Frederic, Lord Leighton, PRA
(British, 1830-1896)
Portrait of May Sartoris
Sold for £3,600 (US$ 5,974) inc. premium
Auction Details
Lot Details
Frederic, Lord Leighton, PRA (British, 1830-1896)
Portrait of May Sartoris
signed with monogram, inscribed and dated 'May/1854' (centre left)
pencil
19 x 16.5cm (7 1/2 x 6 1/2in).

Footnotes

  • PROVENANCE:
    May Sartoris
    by descent to her daughter Miss Catherine Evans Gordon, together with a drawing by Leighton of May's brother Algernon (dated 1855)
    by descent to her niece, the actress Judith Furse
    Sale, Sotheby's London, 19 October 1967, lot 180
    with Thos. Agnew & Sons Ltd, London
    Bolton Museum and Art Gallery, acquired 1977

    EXHIBITED:
    Bolton Museum & Art Gallery, The Drawing Room August 2004-January 2005

    May Sartoris, the daughter of one of Leighton's closest female friends, Adelaide Sartoris, whom he met soon after he had settled in Rome, was only nine years old when the young painter produced this wistful likeness of her.
    Adelaide, one of the famous Kemble family was a successful opera singer and by her marriage to the banker Edward Sartoris, had three children, Greville, Mary Theodosia (May) and Algernon. In the winter of 1854, Leighton began a half-length portrait of May but his most famous portrait of her is the one painted in 1860 when he had returned to England (Kimbell Art Museum, Forth Worth).
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