Pierre Noel Violet (French, 1749-1819) A portrait of the artist's daughter, Maria Brook Pulham (née Violet) (1794-1868), in profile to the right and seated on a stool before a chair and studying, wearing blue dress with white lace fill-in, frilled collar and a column of buttons running down her back, gold hooped earring, white stockings and black shoes, her brown hair cropped short, writing with a quill in her right hand, an open volume propped up against the back of the chair before her
Lot 49
Pierre Noel Violet
(French, 1749-1819)
A portrait of the artist's daughter, Maria Brook Pulham (née Violet) (1794-1868), in profile to the right and seated on a stool before a chair and studying, wearing blue dress with white lace fill-in, frilled collar and a column of buttons running down her back, gold hooped earring, white stockings and black shoes, her brown hair cropped short, writing with a quill in her right hand, an open volume propped up against the back of the chair before her
£800 - 1,200
US$ 1,300 - 2,000
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Pierre Noel Violet (French, 1749-1819)
A portrait of the artist's daughter, Maria Brook Pulham (née Violet) (1794-1868), in profile to the right and seated on a stool before a chair and studying, wearing blue dress with white lace fill-in, frilled collar and a column of buttons running down her back, gold hooped earring, white stockings and black shoes, her brown hair cropped short, writing with a quill in her right hand, an open volume propped up against the back of the chair before her.
Watercolour on paper, signed on the obverse and dated P. Violet juin/ 1803, gilt wood frame, inscribed to the reverse a daughter of/ Monsieur Violet. Artist & Refugee from the French Revolution/ Painted by him 1803/ Bought from him by C. J. Beverly.
Oval, 237mm (9 5/16in) high
Provenance: Purchased from the artist by Charles James Beverly FRS (1786-1868), the sitter portrayed in lot 98.

Footnotes

  • Given the apparent age of the sitter in the present lot and the date inscribed by the artist to the obverse, the work is likely to portray Maria, Violet's eldest daughter who would have been eight years of age in 1802. Maria was born in London. Professionally, she followed in her father's footsteps and exhibited at the Royal Academy between 1808-1811, where her copy of an earlier miniature was awarded a silver palette by the Society of Arts.

    Maria married James Brook Pulham (1791-1860) of the East India Service. Her last will and testament stipulates, 'No public auction to take place of any effects which my sister may not wish to retain'. Nevertheless, upon Maria's death, her property was sold at auction in Woodbridge, her place of residence, on 30 November 1868.

    For a biography of Violet's youngest daughter, Cecilia (1797-1880), please see lot 50, and for her mother, Marguerite Violet (née Becret) (1769-1841), lot 51.
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