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Scottish Art / Francis Campbell Boileau Cadell RSA RSW (British, 1883-1937) Head of a young man 22.9 x 15.3 cm. (9 x 6 in.)

Lot 43
Francis Campbell Boileau Cadell RSA RSW
(British, 1883-1937)
Head of a young man 22.9 x 15.3 cm. (9 x 6 in.)
18 May 2022, 14:00 BST
Edinburgh

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Francis Campbell Boileau Cadell RSA RSW (British, 1883-1937)

Head of a young man
signed 'F.C.B.Cadell' (lower right), inscribed and dated 'To Miss Tennant from F.C.B. Cadell/1934' (to backboard, verso)
watercolour and pencil
22.9 x 15.3 cm. (9 x 6 in.)

Footnotes

Provenance
A gift, direct from the artist
Private collection of Baroness Elliot of Harwood of Rulewater DBE LLD


Miss Katharine Tennant, went on to become Baroness Elliot of Harwood of Rulewater DBE LLD (1903-1994), who was one of the most colourful, political and social figures of the century. Born into a distinguished Glasgow industrial family, the Tennants of St Rollox, her political interest took her to the London School of Economics. In 1934, she married The Rt. Hon Walter Elliot, PC CH MC MD FRS LLD, who was Minister for Agriculture at the time. Cadell was a guest at the wedding in North Berwick, which was attended by an enormous crowd. Katherine and Elliot made Harwood House their home, on her 4,500-acre Estate in Roxburghshire. This watercolour was a wedding present and sat well with the rest of their fine art collection.

"K" Elliot was the first woman to be made a life Peer and speak in The House of Lords. She once commented "Mr. Attlee made me a CBE. Later on, in 1958 the Conservative Prime Minister made me a DBE. I sometimes wonder if I am the only woman to have received honours from both Labour and Conservative parties." In 1954/6/7 she was also represented the UK as a delegate to the United Nations. Other roles included Chairman of the World Refugee Year, the Consumer Council and the Advisory Committee on Child Care for Scotland, as well as President of the Royal Highland Agricultural Society.

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