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* CATHLEEN SABINE MANN RP ROI (BRITISH 1896 - 1953), THE PORTRAIT OF GRETA oil on canvas, signed and dated 1944 90cm x 70cm Framed. Note: Cathleen Mann was born in Newcastle upon Tyne on 31 December 1896 to the Scottish portrait painter Harrington Mann, the second of his three daughters. Her mother was the portraitist and interior director Florence Sabine Pasley. Harrington Mann taught Cathleen the art of painting, as did the portrait painter Ethel Walker, and she received further instruction while studying at the Slade School in London. Mann's art career was put on hold owing to the First World War, when she worked with an ambulance unit. By 1924 Mann had two portraits in the Royal Academy, and exhibited there regularly from 1930. Her work was displayed at the Victoria and Albert Museum, the Musée du Luxembourg, and the Royal Glasgow Institute of the Fine Arts. Two of her portraits hang in the National Portrait Gallery: Sir Matthew Smith and Sir Eduardo Paolozzi (both oil on canvas, 1952). Cathleen married Francis Douglas, 11th Marquess of Queensberry on 18 March 1926. She was known as the Marchioness of Queensberry until their divorce in 1946. They had two children, David Douglas, 12th Marquess of Queensberry and a daughter. In 1946, she married John Robert Follett, son of Brigadier-General Gilbert Burrell Spencer Follett and Lady Mildred Follet, daughter of Charles Murray, 7th Earl of Dunmore. Follett was a racehorse owner. He died in 1953, aged 46. Follet's death caused Mann to have a nervous breakdown. She befriended the artist Matthew Smith and was influenced by his work. As a result, the Oxford Dictionary of National Biography opines that her best work occurred during the last ten years of her life. Mann committed suicide in 1959 by taking an overdose of sleeping pills in her studio on Montpelier Walk, Brompton after being diagnosed with another attack of tuberculosis. Following her death, this epitaph appeared in The Times: Mr. H. Rowntree Clifford writes - ''Many hundreds of people living in the dock district of south West Ham during the September bombing of 1940 owe their lives to the determination and courage of the late Cathleen Mann. As Marchioness of Queensberry she used her name and the strength of her personality to break through official difficulties and to commandeer transport by both road and rail to carry numbers of helpless and in some cases crippled people to safety. I remember the humble duty she offered to those who were deprived of their families.''

Estimate: £500 - £1000
Hammer: £500

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The Scottish Pictures Auction: 26/4/2017
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