Monday, August 23, 2010

Frederick Sandys - Josiah and (his wife) Anita Smith Caldwell

[Portrait of Josiah Caldwell; and Portrait of his Wife, Anita Smith Caldwell]

one signed, inscribed and dated 'Josiah Caldwell: 1888/F. Sandy's' the other signed. inscribed and dated 'Anita Smith Caldwell: 1888/F. Sandys';
pencil and coloured chalks
27 x 20in. (68.5 x 50.8cm.)
a pair (2)

Commissioned by the sitters and thence by descent to the present owners

Josiah and Anita Caldwell were wealthy Americans from a distinguished Connecticut family. They rented a house in England (The Firs, Brentwood) to enjoy the sporting season and launch their daughter Julia into English society. She married Loftus Arkwright of Parndon Hall. Essex, in 1894, and was herself painted by Sandys

We are grateful to Betty Elzea for her help in preparing this.

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