A SOUGHT AFTER PORTRAIT AT A VERY REALISTIC PRICE.
This is a beautifully painted oil portrait on canvas by the artist SYDNEY WALES WHITE, who has signed the painting in the lower left hand corner.
The portrait by repute is considered to be of Lady Randolph Churchill,a very attractive lady in her middle years, depicted wearing a cream evening dress, with her hair swept up and wide, in Edwardian style.
She has a long string of pearls around her neck and a black ribbon choker to match the belt and ribbon trim on the sleeves of her dress. She has a red rose corsage at her waist.
ABOUT LADY RANDOLPH CHURCHILL:-
Lady Randolph Churchill,born Jan 1854 – Died 29 June 1921), born Jeanette Jerome, was the American-born English wife of Lord Randolph Churchill and the mother of British Prime Minister Winston Churchill.
Jeanette Jerome was born in the Cobble Hill section of Brooklyn in 1854,the second of three daughters of financier, sportsman, and speculator Leonard Jerome and his wife Clarissa and was raised in Brooklyn.
Lady Randolph was a talented amateur pianist,tutored as a girl by Stephen Heller, a friend of Chopin. She was married for the first time on 15 April 1874, aged 20, at the British Embassy in Paris, to Lord Randolph Churchill, the third son of John Winston Spencer-Churchill, 7th Duke of Marlborough and Lady Frances Anne Emily Vane. The Churchills had two sons. Winston (1874–1965), the future prime minister, was born less than eight months after the marriage.
Lord Randolph died in 1895, aged 45. On 28 July 1900, Jennie married George Cornwallis-West (1874–1951), a captain in the Scots Guards who was the same age as her elder son, Winston.
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In May 1921,Jennie slipped while coming down a friend's staircase wearing new high-heeled shoes, breaking her ankle. Gangrene set in, and her left leg was amputated above the knee.She later died at her home in London on 29 June, following a haemorrhage of an artery in her thigh (resulting from the amputation).At just 67 she was buried in the Churchill family plot at St Martin's Church, Bladon, Oxfordshire, next to her first husband.
The portrait has been newly framed in an ornate 3 1/2" pale gilt frame with grey/green background, which complements the painting very well.
A label is attached verso from Parks Southsea Depositories, Portsmouth dated 17.10.47 (storage date)under the name of Randolph. Also written in chalk on the old frame stretcher is 'Guv's Mother'.
The subject clearly bears resemblance to Lady Randolph Churchill,(Winston Churchill's Mother)as also seen in the attached early photographs of her in younger years.
ABOUT THE ARTIST:-
SYDNEY WALES WHITE, 1870-1945, was primarily a portrait painter, who was born in Caistor, Lincolnshire in 1870. He had an address in Grimsby, Lincolnshire in the late 1880s and 1890s, before moving to Great Ormond Street in London, followed by Brompton Road and 5, Logan Place, Kensington by the 1920s. He married in Lincolnshire in 1906. He died in Tadworth, Surrey in 1945.
He painted many portraits of the aristocracy,and has 12 paintings in the National Collection. The record price for one of his portraits is £11,500 at Philips in 1992 for a portrait of Kitty Godfree.
We would date this painting approx to 1899-1915, partly by the style of the subject and partly because the stretcher for the painting was purchased from a London supplier Youngs in Gower Street and the original frame was also from J. G. Moore of London.