N04813 THE HON. MRS CECIL BARING c. 1917
Canvas, 50×40 1/4 (127×102).
Presented by the artist's widow 1935.
This work is not in Johnson's lists of works executed prior to May 1919 (not is ‘The Ferry’, exhibited 1909; see N04496), but the sitter's daughter, the Hon. Mrs Arthur Pollen, has written (27 August 1957) that this portrait was painted, in one or two sittings, about a year after the full-length portrait exhibited at the International Society, spring 1916 (10; repr. Studio, LXX, 1917, p.85, and Johnson, 1919, 1, pl.34; now in the possession of the sitter's granddaughter, Mrs Christopher Hull). ‘My family always felt that although not a very accurate likeness it had caught more of the personality of the sitter than the finished portrait.’ A watercolour of the Hon. Mrs Cecil Baring was exhibited at the R.A., 1928 (386), lent by the sitter.
Mary Chamot, Dennis Farr and Martin Butlin, The Modern British Paintings, Drawings and Sculpture, London 1964, II