Estella Canziani (British, 1887-1964) Birds of a feather: Costers in gala dress in the Old Kent Road with a donkey and cart unframed

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Lot 185
Estella Canziani
(British, 1887-1964)
Birds of a feather: Costers in gala dress in the Old Kent Road with a donkey and cart unframed

£ 4,000 - 6,000
US$ 5,500 - 8,300
Estella Canziani (British, 1887-1964)
Birds of a feather: Costers in gala dress in the Old Kent Road with a donkey and cart
signed ‘Estella Canziani’ (lower left) and dated ‘1935’ (lower right)
watercolour and bodycolour
46 x 72cm (18 1/8 x 28 3/8in).
unframed

Footnotes

  • This depicts members of the Duckworth and Matthews’s families. Jim Duckworth, ‘the pearly King of the Old Kent road’ with his wife and their young son sit in the central cart. Their young daughter, whom Canziani says ‘loved the donkey’, stands at its head. Behind her is the Duckworth’s son-in law. On the left are their married daughter and her child standing behind the basket of flowers.

    Bert Matthews with his banner proclaiming him ‘Pearly King of Hampstead’ stands behind the donkey cart group. His wife, Becky sits in the second cart and on the extreme right is a figure, most likely one of her daughters both of whom appear in a 1950s photograph of the family. Canziani mentions that one of the Matthews’ daughters was about to get married when she painted them in the mid-1930s and a ‘son-in-law’ is also mentioned. However the Matthews did not seem to have a cart of their own and the cart and driver may be the mysterious and colourful ‘Jack the Murderer’ whom Canziani spent six months locating.
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