David Jagger R.O.I. (British, 1891-1958) The Jade Necklace 91.5 x 63.5 cm. (30 x 25 in.) (Painted in 1923)
Lot 20AR
David Jagger R.O.I.
(British, 1891-1958)
The Jade Necklace 91.5 x 63.5 cm. (30 x 25 in.)
Sold for £162,500 (US$ 218,324) inc. premium

Lot Details
David Jagger R.O.I. (British, 1891-1958)
The Jade Necklace
signed 'Jagger' (upper right)
oil on canvas
91.5 x 63.5 cm. (30 x 25 in.)
Painted in 1923

Footnotes

  • Provenance
    Private Collection, U.K.

    Exhibited
    London, Royal Academy of Arts, Summer Exhibition, 1923, cat.no.570
    Bristol, Royal West of England Academy, Royal West of England Academy 78th Annual Exhibition, 1923, cat.no.115
    London, Colnaghi and Clarendon Gallery, Society Portraits, 1850-1939, 1985, cat.no.84 (ill., as Mrs. David Jagger)

    Literature
    Financial Times, Glamour of the Society Portrait, 1985 (ill.)

    A portrait of the artist's wife, Katherine Jagger (1900-1982), known affectionately as 'Kitty'.

    Kitty Jagger was a strikingly beautiful stage actress, in the press she was often compared to the American actress, Tullulah Bankhead. Intriguingly this portrait was painted at the same time Bankhead made her London stage debut. The painting was produced in David Jagger's Oakley Studios in Chelsea and finished shortly before the Royal Academy's submission deadline in the Spring of 1923.

    Following their marriage in 1921, David Jagger produced ten exhibition canvases over a two year period of his new wife. This work being unquestionably one of the finest examples. When the painting was first exhibited at the Royal Academy, it so impressed an American visitor that he tracked her down, only to be disappointed to learn that she was already married.

    Kitty Jagger epitomised the roaring twenties, with its glamour and excitement. Throughout the decade she was sketched and painted by various artists, including Sir Walter Westley Russell, Keeper of the Royal Academy Schools. Her photogenic beauty led to many images of her appearing in several society magazines, including The Tatler.

    When this work was included in Society Portraits 1850-1939, the art critic Max Wykes-Joyce noted 'Jagger's Mrs. David Jagger against an oriental wall hanging and Alfred Munnings's My Wife, My Horse and Myself are two of the liveliest paintings in this fine show'.

    We are grateful to Timothy Dickson for compiling this catalogue entry.
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