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Lot 279/0309

SOLD Hammer price: €5600, Estimate: €5000-7000

Sir Frederick William Burton, A.R.H.A., R.H.A. 1816 – 1900Watercolour: “A Lady and her Child” a delightful scene with mother in large velvet low-cut dress seated on a verandah with young blonde haired child. Signed with monogram F.W.B. & dated 1840, approx. 61cms x 46.5cms (24″ x 18 1/4″), in gilt slip frame. (1)* Sir Frederick was born at Corofin House, Co. Clare in 1816. He exhibited various subjects at R.H.A. and other venues between 1832, at age 16, up until about 1874 when he was appointed Director of National Gallery of London, a position he held until 1894. He died at Kensington in 1900. The above lot although partly unfinished, appears to be the subject which was exhibited at the R.H.A. in 1840. Burton’s most famous work, “Helehil and Hildebrand, or the meeting on the Turret Stairs,” Exhibited at Old Watercolour Society in 1864, and now in the National Gallery of Ireland, was voted by the Irish Public the most admired painting in Ireland.

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