Friday, January 11, 2013

How they met themselves

How they met themselves 
possibly a posthumous cast
bronze with a light green patina, including base
25 x 20cm (9 13/16 x 7 7/8in).
Estimate: £4,000 - 6,000

The present lot was inspired by a watercolour of the same title by Dante Gabriel Rossetti in the Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge. It explores the theme of two medieval lovers who meet their doppelgängers in a dark wood. Sargent uses exactly the same composition as the heavily worked and pigment saturated watercolour, which was so typical of Rossetti's technique in the early 1860s.

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