14 December 2016
Anthony Frederick Augustus Sandys, A.R.A. (1829-1904)
Dion William Palgrave Clayton Calthrop, aged eight
signed, inscribed and dated 'Born May 2nd 1878, AF Sandys May 1886' (upper left)
pencil and coloured chalks on blue-green paper
27 5/8 x 20 3/8 in. (70.2 x 51.8 cm.)
in the original Foord and Dickinson frame
John Parker Boyle.
Anonymous sale; Christie’s, London, 3 June 1960, lot 28 (8 gns to Watney).
with Colnaghi’s, London, where purchased by
Jeanette, Lady Brandon.
with Christopher Wood, London, where purchased by the present owner.
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D.C. Calthrop, My Own Trumpet, n.d., frontispiece, illustrated p. 27.
B. Elzea, Frederick Sandys 1829-1904, Norfolk, 2001, p. 273, no. 4.50.
Dion Clayton Calthrop (1878-1937) was the son of John Clayton, an actor, and Eve Boucicault, daughter of the dramatist Dion Boucicault (1820-1890). He studied at the St John's Wood Academy and then at the Académie Julian and Académie Colarossi in Paris, and went on to exhibit at the Royal Academy between 1900 and 1903, and at the Royal Institute. He also wrote and illustrated books on costume history and gardens. In his autobiography he recalls sitting for the present portrait at Sandys’ studio at 7 Holland Park Road.