William Small

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William Small
1843-1929
She played all his favourites three times over without any solicitation
1881
Black ink and wash, on cardstock.
7 13/16 x 10 1/4 inches (199 x 260 mm)
Bequest of Gordon N. Ray, 1987.
1986.2080
Inscription: 

Signed and dated, "W. Small 1881" at lower right; below in pencil, "To be used lengthways" and "Tom Jones"; on verso, "2708 Passepartout 20 leave out caption Small-12 illustrations Fielding £21".

Provenance: 
From the library of Gordon N. Ray.
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Title from published caption.
Original drawing for an illustration for Henry Fielding's "History of Tom Jones" (London: Smith, Elder, & Co., 1882), v. I, p. 140 (facing).

Summary: 

Drawing shows Sophia Western seated at the piano, seen from the back, with her father standing beside her, his hand beneath her chin as he looks into her face.

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Ray, Gordon Norton, 1915-1986, former owner.

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