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Marion M. V. Manners (1856-1937) - Signed 1892 Graphite Drawing, Paderewski

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A delicate graphite study from the Marchioness of Granby, Marion Manners, rendering a handsome portrait of the Polish composer Ignacy Jan Paderewski.

The artwork is monogrammed and dated at Paderewski's bottom right-hand corner and signed and inscribed at the bottom right-hand corner of the wove.

The drawing is well presented in a tidy black wood frame with a gilded slip and a steel blue mount.

On wove.


The condition is typical for a picture of this age including some discolouration. There is a small crease found in the bottom left-hand corner, and another found horizontally in the top left-hand corner.


30.8 x 22.6cm (12.1" x 8.9")
Framed Size: 55.9 x 43cm (22" x 16.9")

Artist Biography

Marion Margaret Violet Manners, Duchess of Rutland (1856-1937) was a British artist and noblewoman. A granddaughter of the 24th Earl of Crawford, she married Henry Manners in 1882. She was styled the Marchioness of Granby from 1888 to 1906 when Manners succeeded as Duke of Rutland. She had five children, including the 9th Duke of Rutland and the socialite Lady Diana Cooper.

Violet was privately educated as a young girl, and her family encouraged her interest in art. While she had no formal training as an artist the Duchess was always captivated by the arts, and prolifically painted portraits of her social circle. In 1877, she exhibited some of her drawings and sculptures at the Grosvenor Gallery, which was opened by her cousin Coutts Lindsay.

During her lifetime, Violet's works were on display at the main British art galleries such as the Royal Academy of Arts and the New Gallery, and also abroad in the US and France. She exhibited her work at the Palace of Fine Arts at the 1893 World's Columbian Exposition in Chicago, Illinois. In 1925, one commentary opined that Violet's style "is particularly suited to the interpretation of feminine beauty and elegance, but she usually achieves considerable success in her delineations of men."

Violet was a prominent member of The Souls, an aristocratic social circle that favoured intellectual pursuits and avant-garde artistic tastes. Formed in the 1880s, other members included Arthur Balfour and George Wyndham. The contemporary women's magazine 'The Lady's Realm' said that Violet was "the acknowledged 'queen' of the society," who, as one of its original members, possessed "beauty, [an] unusual ability in all artistic abilities, and [a] grasp of social and economic questions [that] marked her out from the beginning as a leader."

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Code qa728
Artist Marion M. V. Manners (1856-1937)
Date 1892
Dimensions 30.8 x 22.6cm
Medium Graphite
Style Realism
Subject Portrait
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