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Her very First Lesson*

Item Description

A unique and absolutely charming late 19th. century bust in alabaster and marble.

The subject is a delightful small girl who is learning to write her very first letters, leaning on a book to do so.  The detail here is quite superb, with her little face full of concentration as she carefully writes A, B…

The artist has captured her so well, with her head slightly turned, her pretty bonnet, chubby young arms and the way she’s carefully holding her pencil as she writes.  This is one of those pieces that rewards you more each time you look.

A little under 47 cm high and signed verso by the artist Prof. E. Monteray, it was sculpted in Italy around 1885-90, probably during a Grand Tour undertaken by the little girl and her parents.  Lucky them.

If only we knew her name…

Ref: 12377

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