Jane Gray (b.1931)

The Scarlet Pimpernel’s Home, Richmond Hill (1949)


Ink and pencil on paper

25.5 x 20 cm


This adolescent urban sketch of Richmond Hill depicts, as Gray notes next to her signature, Richmond House, the home of Baroness Orczy’s eponymous hero, Sir Percy (the Scarlet Pimpernel), and shows Gray to be an observant and sensitive draughtsman. In Orczy’s novel, Sir Percy rechristens Richmond House as Blakeney Manor and it quickly rises to the centre of fashionable society.

Provenance: the artist’s studio sale.

Condition: very good.

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