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Robert Polhill Bevan, 1865–1925

Study of a Woman Sewing

Additional Title(s):

Woman Sewing and Other Studies

Materials & Techniques:
Watercolor, gouache and black chalk on medium, slightly textured, beige laid paper
Sheet: 13 11/16 × 17 inches (34.8 × 43.2 cm), Image: 12 5/16 × 10 inches (31.3 × 25.4 cm)

Inscribed in graphite, center right: "20 | 5 | 12) 100 (8 1/4 | 96 | [...]"; inscribed in graphite, lower left: "28"; inscribed in graphite, verso, upper right: "D/G 13081"; inscribed in graphite, verso, lower right: "C-1021"

Watermark; artist's stamp: RPB

Credit Line:
Yale Center for British Art, Bequest of Joseph F. McCrindle, Yale LLB 1948
Copyright Status:
Public Domain
Accession Number:
Drawings & Watercolors
Prints and Drawings
Subject Terms:
chair | figure study | genre subject | hands | interior | portrait | seamstress | sewing | sketches | studies | woman
Associated People:
Baty, Edith Halina "Halszka" (née Bevan) (1898–1984), Daughter of Robert Polhill "Bob" Bevan and Stanislawa "Stasia" de Karlowska
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IIIF Manifest:

Better known as a painter of horses, market scenes, and landscapes, Robert Bevan produced very few portraits. This study for a portrait of his daughter, Edith Halina, was made at the artist’s London house in 1917. Although a thimble is visible on her finger, Bevan omits the needle and thread both in the drawing and the painting so as not to disrupt the clean design of the compositions. Although the nineteen-year old Halina is shown engaged in the domestic act of sewing, “Halszka,” as she was known to family and friends, went on to live a cosmopolitan life with her future husband, C. W. Baty, a classical scholar and headmaster of the King’s School Chester. In 1946, based in Vienna, he helped to rebuild the Austrian education system after the war. Later in his career, he was Her Majesty’s Inspector of Schools and wrote several Latin textbooks.

Gallery label for A Decade of Gifts and Acquisitions (Yale Center for British Art, 2017-06-01 - 2017-08-13)

A Decade of Gifts and Acquisitions (Yale Center for British Art, 2017-06-01 - 2017-08-13) [YCBA Objects in the Exhibition] [Exhibition Description]

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