Viscount Castlerosse
Viscount Castlerosse
Viscount Castlerosse
Viscount Castlerosse
Viscount Castlerosse
Viscount Castlerosse
Viscount Castlerosse
Viscount Castlerosse
Viscount Castlerosse

LEON JOHN SPRINCK (1862-1948)

Viscount Castlerosse

1896 to 1952 British

Offered by Mansion House Antiques & Fine Art

£1,500 gbp
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We are offering this lovely portrait pastel on canvas by the artist Leon John Sprinck 1862-1948.

The painting is a half length portrait, in its original oval frame, of a young boy, namely Gerald Ralph Desmond Browne, Viscount Castlerosse, later 7th Earl of Kenmare.

He is wearing a quality coat with white handkerchief, large buttons and white frill at the neck and the painting is presented in an oval frame, although a ribbon surmount on top of the frame has since been lost, probably due to past damage,this having been carefully epaired where the surmount would have been attached.

ABOUT THE SITTER
Gerald Ralph Desmond Browne, 1896-1952, was born on 20th December 1896, the youngest son of Valentine Charles Browne, 5th Earl of Kenmare and Hon. Elizabeth Baring.

He was educated at the Oratory School, South Kensington, Downside School, Bath and the Royal Military College Sandhurst.
He became a Major in 1st Dragoon Regiment and served in WW1 1916-1918. He was ADC to the Leiutenant-General & Governor General of Ireland in 1921.

He received an OBE in 1922. He became the 7th Earl upon the death of his brother in 1943, who had inherited it from his father in 1941.
He had never married and died on 14th February 1952 without issue, at which time his titles became extinct.

The painting is under its original glass and in its original 3" gilt frame, and will be supplied wired and ready to hang. The stretcher bears the stamp of Lechertier Barbe Limited, Jermyn Street, Late of Regent Street.

The painting has a backing board which will be replaced, but is shown without this to show the canvas on the stretcher.

Very good. The canvas is firm and taught on its stretcher and there are no losses to the pastel. The frame is in good condition with some cracking consistent with age. There is evidence of old repair to the top edge of the top (not visible when hung) presumably where the surmount was removed, filled and regilded.
ABOUT THE ARTIST
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.
Dimensions
External Height 29.50 inch (74.93 cm)
External Width 25.50 inch (64.77 cm)
Stock Code
0717
Medium
Pastel on Paper Mounted on Canvas
Signed/Inscribed
Signed by the artist Lower Right hand and dated 1902
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