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George Frederic Watts RA, Portrait of Sara Prinsep

Portrait of Sara Prinsep, after 1849, probably early 1850s

George Frederic Watts RA (1817 - 1904)

RA Collection: Art

This drawing is a portrait of Sara Prinsep (1816-1887). While the face is carefully drawn in pencil with subtle, blended shading, the hair appears to have been hastily-drawn or deliberately left unfinished. The sitter appears to be wearing a filet or similar decoration in her hair. Sara and her sister Virginia were known for their unconventional dress sense and both wore simple hairnets and veils.

Sara Prinsep was the subject of several portraits by Watts as well as sitting for a painting entitled 'In the Time of Giorgione' (Watts Gallery).

Object details

Portrait of Sara Prinsep
after 1849, probably early 1850s
Object type
Pencil on cream wove paper

383 mm x 309 mm

Royal Academy of Arts
Object number
Bequeathed by George Frederic Watts RA 1904
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