With hand-painted backgrounds, with original printed labels verso, in original mahogany frames
Each 1414 x 1134 in. (36.2 x 29.9 cm.) framed
Acquired from Robert Hirschhorn Antiques, London.
J. Christie, George Smart: The Tailor of Frant, 2016, (the present lot illustrated, p. 72).
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Lot Essay

The artist George Smart (d. 1846) was by trade a tailor in the village of Frant, near Tunbridge Wells, Kent. He made figural pictures out of scraps of left-over cloth and became very popular supplying pictures to Queen Victoria's uncle, the Duke of Sussex. His pictures often included portraits of local figures. Smart's model for the 'Goosewoman' was probably Elisabeth Horne, a well known 'character' in Tunbridge Wells - a lithographic portrait by C. Hulton of Horne in 1830 at the age of 88 survives in the museum at Tunbridge Wells. A surviving collage indentifies 'The Postman' collages as 'Old Bright aged 87'. For an identical lot see Christie's, London, 11 Septmber 2019, lot 336 (£6,875 including premium).

James Ayres, British Folk Art, London 1976, p. 88.
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