Portrait of the artist's nephew, Edward Stafford Allen
signed with monogram and dated 'VI 1896' (lower left)
watercolour and bodycolour on paper
1212 x 812 in. (31.8 x 21.6 cm.)
The sitter, and by descent in the family.
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According to family notes, Edward Stafford Allen played with balloons while Southall painted him. His portrait has a disarming directness and intensity typical of Southall's work. The ornate frame was probably made by Southall's wife, Anna, who was a framemaker.

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