Hammer Price with Buyer's Premium: 11,500 GBP
signed l.r.: James Collinson
oil on canvas, painted oval
29 by 24.5 cm., 11 1/2 by 9 1/2 in.
This is one of a number of related paintings by Collinson which have oval formats and show the half-length figure of the girl occupying the centre of the composition. It is possible that the first in the series was the painting For Sale (Castle Museum, Nottingham), which Collinson showed at the 1857 Royal Academy and which was included in the exhibition Great Victorian Pictures (Arts Council, 1978, no.5). Another version, entitled At the Bazaar and also dated 1857, is in the Graves Art Gallery, Sheffield. A third version, entitled The Empty Purse, is in the collection of the Tate Gallery. A companion to the present subject, showing a somewhat older woman placing an advertisement in a window and entitled To let, also exists in various versions
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