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Lot 286 286* De Morgan (Evelyn, 1855-1919). Preparatory study of a female head, for The Captives, coloured chalks and pastel on buff paper, head and shoulders portrait in profile turned to the left, of a maiden clutching her head and gazing downward, visible sheet size 30 x 22cm (11.75 x 8.75ins), image size 18 x 19cm (7 x 7.5ins), mounted, framed and glazed Provenance: English private collection formed circa 1950-1970, thence by descent. The present work is a study for the right hand figure in ‘The Captives’, held by The De Morgan Foundation, which shows five classically draped female figures in attitudes of fear amongst writhing dragons. The painting seems to give a message of worldly danger, both physical and spiritual, particularly for women, and the need to resist. This study is a typical example of Evelyn’s careful preparatory work, showing an accurate delineation of limbs and attitude, and exquisitely drawn features. (1) £2000-3000

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Fine Art, Antiques & Photography | Thursday 6 October 2016 - High Res