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Wendela Boreel

1895 – 1985

Mary Anne Seller by Wendela Boreel

Mary Anne Seller   c.1914

  Original etching.
Signed with initials in the plate.
S 265 x 200 mm; P 178 x 129 mm; I 146 x 122 mm
Original Wendela Boreel etching.

Excellent impression from the only edition, with strong etched line and bright contrast.

Wendela Boreel was one of the most talented pupils of Walter Sickert, whom she had met whilst training at the Slade School. Greatly impressed by Boreel’s natural talent, Sickert established her in a studio in Mornington Crescent where she would paint each morning, and then visit him for instruction in the following afternoon. Wendela Boreel became what was known as Sickert’s ‘petit negre’, assisting his every need. Walter Sickert imparted every aspect of his artistic principles and techniques to his young scholar. In particular, Sickert taught Wendela Boreel the skills of etching – this etching of Mary Anne Seller (a portrait of the artist's nurse) shows the remarkable extent to which she had absorbed every aspect of her revered master’s style.

The relationships which developed between Walter Sickert and a number of his lady pupils are well documented and although Wendela Boreel is known to have worshipped him, she declined his proposal of marriage on their considerable difference in age.

On cream laid paper with full margins and deckle edge. Very good original condition.