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Leon Sprinck Oil Helene le Gonidec de Traissan

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Leon Sprinck Oil Helene le Gonidec de Traissan Leon Sprinck  RussianBritish 1862-1948 %%alt5%% %%alt6%%
We are offering this lovely portrait oil by the artist Leon John Sprinck 1862-1948, who has signed the painting in the lower right hand corner and dated it 1915. The painting is a half length portrait of Helene le Gonidec de Traissan, the first cousin of Edric Wolseley, according to the plaque on the frame, which also dates the painting to 1915.

Edric Wolseley, or Sir Edric Wolseley became the 10th Baronet Wolseley and we wondered how someone with such an obviously French name could be his first cousin. However, we have found that his mother was an American by the name of Anna Theresa Murphy, one of the daughters of an Irish American millionaire called Daniel T. Murphy from San Francisco. His daughters Helene, and Isabella were married to two brothers from Argentina, Don Vincentez Dominguez and Don Louis Dominguez. Frances or Fanny was married in 1898 by the Archbishop of Westminster (all the families were Roman Catholic) at St. Peter & St. Edward church in London to Comte Raoul le Gonidec de Traissan. The only thing that we are missing is a record of the birth of Helene le Gonidec de Traissan, but as it would have happened in France, we cannot access their records. However, we did find online the death notice or deces, as it is called in France, of Comte Raoul where Mademoiselle Helene le Gonidec de Traissan is mentioned, so she did exist. Assuming that she was the first born of Fanny, in 1899, she would have been 16 at the time of the portrait.

Her age is born out by the fact that in Edwardian times, girls put their hair up at 17 and here it is obviously held back in a large bow at the nape of her neck, in the same colour as her jacket. She is wearing a loose jacket in sea green, in the softer style of the period, over a dress or blouse with cream lace at the top, slotted with sea green ribbons.

Leon John Sprinck (1862-1948), was a Russian artist, born in France, who later became a naturalised British subject. We know that he was in the UK in 1898, at 9 Duke Street, Portland Place, London W.1, as that was the year that he married in Hampstead, Emily Margaret Macdonald (13/3/1866 - 1/2/1949) of 45 Netherhall Gardens, Hampstead. In 1916, he is listed in Kelly's Directory as an artist at 8 Boltons Studios, Redcliffe Road, South Kensington. They had three children, two sons and a daughter.

We found online a lengthy biography on his eldest son, who was a very talented organist and music teacher, which states the following:-

'His father, Leon Sprinck, was a distinguished portrait painter from the court of the Czar of Russia who fled to London before the revolution of 1917. Donald's mother was a MacDonald from the Isle of ~Skye. She was also a professional artist who specialised in miniature portraiture, examples of which Donald and his sister (Margaret Wilhelmina Woosnam nee Sprinck born 4/10/1902) still displayed in their Eastbourne homes.'

It is certainly true that Leon Sprinck was a distinguished portrait painter, as he painted many notable sitters, for example, Lady Dundas - twice, Viscount Castlerosse, Christian Beauvoir de Lisle etc. but he was in the UK from 1898, although we cannot find him in the Census of 1901, as his wife was staying with her parents with Donald on that day. He was in the UK in 1911, the next Census year, and they were living at 19 Friern Park, North Finchley. In the 1939 Register, which has just been released, Emily was living with their daughter Margaret Woosnam, her husband, and their youngest son Hugh Leon Sprinck (born 16/9/1904) at 4 Hilltop Court, Grange Road, Croydon. Leon doesn't appear is this Register for some reason, but he died in Croydon in 1948 at the age of 86. Margaret died the following year.

The painting is in its original 3 3/4" ornate swept gilt frame with original plaque, and will be supplied wired and ready to hang.

Image size: 29 1/2" x 24 1/2" - 75cm x 62.2cm

Frame sized: 37 1/4" x 32 1/4" - 94.6cm x 81.9cm

Medium: Oils on canvas

Condition: Very good. The canvas is clean and taut and there is no craquelure. There has been one small repair in the past and there are slight stretcher marks consistent with age. The frame is in good condition with some cracking consistent with age.
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Date 1915  1910s Antiques Material Oil Painting on Canvas Origin English Artist Leon John Sprinck Item code as237a1034 Status Sold

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