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'The Late Mrs Thornhill Gell's Boudoir' signed and dated lower left "W Nicholson 1878" watercolour 34 x 51cm

Footnote: Provenance: The Rev. Arthur W Hamilton-Gell of 44 Eaton Square, London SW1, and by descent Isabella Thornhill (1800-1878) was born Isabella Gell, daughter of Philip Gell (1775-1842). She married William Pole Thornhill, MP of Stanton Hall (1807-1876) in Wirksworth in 1828. On Philip Gell’s death, the Gell family’s Hopton Hall estate went to Isabella. The present scene is unlikely to depict a room at Hopton Hall, because Isabella only lived there for a short period and later decided to renounce her inheritance. Her unpublished diary from 1863-1875 is in the Derbyshire Record Office.

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