Antonio Mancini 1852-1930
T00213 Recto: Self-Portrait
Verso: Three Self-Portrait Studies c.1906
Inscribed 'Antonio Mancini | prega la | gentillisima signorina | Ina Wertheimer | perchè faceva buono | pittore il suo | servo ant. | Mancini' b.r.
Oil on paper, 21 1/2 x 14 7/8 (54.5 x 38)
Presented by John Mathias 1958
Prov: Ena Wertheimer (later Mrs Mathias), London; John Mathias, London
John S. Sargent, one of Mancini's greatest admirers, introduced the artist to Mr and Mrs Asher Wertheimer, who commissioned him to paint a portrait in oils of Mrs Wertheimer, now in the possession of Mrs Wilson-Young, and a portrait in pastel of their daughter Ena Wertheimer, which now belongs to Anthony Mathias. Mancini gave these self-portrait studies to Ena Wertheimer with a friendly dedication. (Information from John Mathias, 30 December 1958).
Ronald Alley, Catalogue of the Tate Gallery's Collection of Modern Art other than Works by British Artists, Tate Gallery and Sotheby Parke-Bernet, London 1981, p.473, reproduced p.473