Sir Augustus Edwin John (British, 1878-1961) Portrait of Euphemia Lamb 29 x 23.5 cm. (11 1/2 x 9 1/4 in.)
Lot 52*
Sir Augustus Edwin John
(British, 1878-1961)
Portrait of Euphemia Lamb 29 x 23.5 cm. (11 1/2 x 9 1/4 in.)
Sold for £ 6,000 (US$ 7,705) inc. premium

Lot Details
Sir Augustus Edwin John (British, 1878-1961)
Portrait of Euphemia Lamb
signed 'John' (lower right)
pencil
29 x 23.5 cm. (11 1/2 x 9 1/4 in.)

Footnotes

  • PROVENANCE:
    With Anthony d'Offay, London, where purchased by the present owner
    Private Collection, South Africa

    The sitter of the present lot was born Nina Forrest, but was re-christened Euphemia by her husband, the artist Henry Lamb, because it was said she looked like the female in the Italian Renaissance artist Andrea Mantegna's painting of St Euphemia. She became Lamb's model whilst he was in training but also posed for Sir Jacob Epstein and later, on numerous occasions, for John, often appearing nude. She became known as "a great romancer" for writing amorous anecdotes and Virginia Woolf later remarked upon how interesting "impure women are to the pure" as she was well known for her sexual freedom and love affairs, including one with John who, in turn, gave her the name "Lobelia".
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