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Portrait of a Girl

MANCINI, Antonio (1852 - 1930)

[image: Portrait of a Girl]

Date: 1898

Media: oil on canvas

Size: 200.8 x 90.5 cm

Acquired: 1963; Bequest; Margaret Davies

Accession Number: NMW A 2175

Collection: The Davies Sisters Collection

W.R. Sickert was a friend of Mancini. In 1927 he explained the artist's working method: 'His paintings were done through a wire grille, whose squares correspond with a grille before the sitter. The marks of the grille remain. The sitter being, as it were, pinned down, retained of his mobility alone the facial expression. But, trembling and snorting within that restriction, there is an extraordinary vivacity, there is power and a dashing impasto'. Margaret Davies purchased this painting in 1913.

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