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[Colt Hunting in the New Forest.]
[Colt Hunting in the New Forest.]
Lucy Kemp-Welch 1897.
Photogravure, artist's proof signed by the artist, limited to 275. Sheet 380 x 695mm (15 x 27½"). Printsellers' Association blind stamp. Trimmed within plate.
Riders rounding up some of the New Forest ponies. Lucy Kemp-Welch (1869-1958) exhibited the original painting (approximately 5ft x 10ft) at the Royal Academy in 1897, when she was only 26 years old. It caused a sensation and was promptly sold for £525 to the trustees of the Chantrey Bequest, a fund set up to buy British art to create a national collection. Despite being set up in 1875 this was only the third artwork by a woman bought by them. The painting was then transferred to the Tate Gallery when it opened that year, but was never displayed: it is said her support for the suffragette movement meant her work was blacklisted by the patriarchal establishment.
PSA Limited Edition Signed Proof: 275
[Ref: 50663]   £450.00  
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