As part of an auction of 19th Century European Paintings, Bonhams is offering a painting by Eleanor Fortescue-Brickdale, sometimes known as “The Last Pre-Raphaelite”. The work, entitled “Botticelli’s studio: The first visit of Simonetta presented by Giulio and Lorenzo de Medici”, is usually simply called “Botticelli’s Studio”, for obvious reasons.
The banner at the top of this blog, btw, is a detail from one of her works, “The Deceitfulness of Riches”. I posted about another of her paintings earlier this year.
Fortescue-Brickdale’s artistic career began in the late 19th century, after the original Pre-Raphaelites (except for William Holman Hunt) had died. She lived during much of her career opposite Leighton House (see last Sunday’s posting), where she held her second exhibition in 1902. Like many of the Pre-Raphaelites, her work was frequently inspired by Shakespeare, Browning, and Tennyson.
Victorian painting, particularly Pre-Raphaelism, fell out of critical favour in the early 20th century, but Fortescue-Brickdale was active until a stroke ended her career in 1938.
The Last Pre-Raphaelite died on 10 March 1945.
The auction will be held on 5 November 2014, and the estimate is between $200,000 and $300,000.