Marie Spartali Stillman

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Marie Spartali Stillman
1844-1927
Ponte Nomentano
Watercolor and gouache, gum arabic, over traces of graphite; laid down on paper stretched over panel.
11 1/16 x 18 7/8 inches (282 x 478 mm)
Gift of John M. Thayer, 2003.
2003.39

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Signed with monogram at lower right. Stamped at lower right, "[effaced]3". Signed on back of frame in pen and black ink, "LS. Bain(?)".
Provenance: 
Roy Miles, London (their label on back of frame with inventory number 1147); sale, Christie's, London, 25 October 1989, lot 365; John M. Thayer.
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Marie Spartali was one of the "three graces," Greek cousins who modeled for, and moved in the circle of, the Pre-Raphaelites. She studied with Rosetti and was admired by Burne-Jones, who gave her a group of his drawings when she and her husband, James Stillman, moved to Italy. The drawings, as well as a number of her paintings and watercolors, are in the collection of the Delaware Art Museum as part of the Bancroft bequest.

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