ANNIE LOUISA SWYNNERTON, ARA, RP, SWA (1844-1933) MARGARET AND CHRYSTIAN THE DAUGHTERS OF D C GUTHRIE ESQ signed and dated (date partly obscured by frame), 131cm diam
Provenance: D C Guthrie, the sitters` father, thence by descent to the present vendorS.
Exhibited: Royal Academy 1907, No 554.
Franco-British Exhibition (British Fine Art Section), London 1908.
City of Manchester Art Gallery, `Paints by Mrs Swynbnerton, ARA,` July 1923, No.54.
This beautiful plein air portrait of two little girls encapsulates both the sitters joie de vivre and Swynnerton`s vitality. The influence of her close friend John Singer Sargent is especially evident with her bravura technique, lighting and palette resulting in, at her best, works of remarkable éclat. A versatile artist, she also painted allegorical subjects, some strongly reminiscent of the symbolism of G F Watts, others of an almost pre-raphaelite intensity. It is in her major portraiture such as the finely preserved, unvarnished, Guthrie Children, painted in one of those golden Edwardian summers that her spontaneity and empathy are such striking features.
Annie Swynnerton was born at Kersal, Manchester, one of seven daughters of Francis Robinson, a solicitor. She trained at Manchester School of Art and the Academie Julien in Paris. Her first RA picture was exhibited in 1879. She married a manxman, the sculptor Joseph Swynnerton in 1883 and the couple moved to Rome. She was an active suffragette and believed strongly in the equality of men and women in the arts. Supported by Sargent and Sir George Clausen she was the first woman to be elected to the Royal Academy since Angelica Kauffmann in 1768.
The children were the daughters of David Guthrie, MP (1858-1932), of Craigie, Dundee and East Haddon Hall (1861-1918) and his wife Mary daughter of Andrew Low of Savannah.
++In fine original condition, unlined, never varnished. Not hitherto offered for sale.
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