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Pretty Polly


Date:1869  
Medium:oil  
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Subject:figure, bird, female, genre?  
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Sitter:The Romers' (in-laws) cook  
Sitter Note:Romer family cook  

 

History

Exhibited:The Corinthian; RBA 1869  
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Sale Provenance:Sold for £4.4s, c. 1869. See Other_quote  
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Bibliography

Reviews:Jopling PC bk 1-undated cuttings  
Jopling 1925 Quote:The Romer family were away for a summer holiday, so I utilized their pretty cook as a model. I painted her with a parrot on her finger, and the picture was appropriately called “Pretty Polly.” It was exhibited in the Suffolk Street Galleries, at a little Society called “The Corinthian,” and actually found a purchaser; as did, by the by, one of the drawings I exhibited in Paris, and which I had called “Le Crépuscule.” These monetary transactions gave me a certain status with my “in-laws,” so I was encouraged to continue my beloved profession.'  
Other Quotations:''painted at Greville Place from a pretty [illeg]. A girl [..] holding a parrot on her finger. Exhibited in Suffolk St Gallery and sold for 7 guineas to dealer in Westbourne Grove.' Grattan NB ADAP, p.5 '"Pretty Polly" (240) by Mr L. Romer, is very nice, and whether we apply the title to the gaudily-painted parrot or to the round, ripe, decolletee damsel who is toying with it, it is equally true in both cases' (PC bk1-1869) 'Miss L. Romer, with a neatly-executed single half-figure, no. 24' (PC bk 1, 1869)  
Other Published Sources:Jopling 1925 list; Layard, Shirley Brooks, 107, p. 312  
Unpublished Sources:Grattan NB PLJ; Grattan NB ADAP