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The Sempstress

GOSSE, Sylvia (1881 - 1965)

The Sempstress

Media: oil on canvas

Size: 51.1 x 40.7 cm

Acquired: 1963; Bequest; Margaret Davies

Accession Number: NMW A 213

Collection: The Davies Sisters Collection

Sylvia Gosse, daughter of the writer Sir Edmund Gosse, studied at the Royal Academy and at Sickert's school. In 1910-14 she was its co-principal and in 1914 helped to found the London Group. Gosse favoured town scenes and interiors with female figures, painted in a tonal palette with broken brushwork. The sitter in this portrait is Christine Angus (1877-1920). An expert embroiderer and also a former student of Sickert, she became his second wife in 1911. Margaret Davies purchased this work in 1948.

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