19th Century English Naïve Drawing “South Gate Launceston, Cornwall”

19th Century English Naïve Drawing “South Gate Launceston, Cornwall”

Code: 11016


H: 27.1cm (10.7")W: 32.2cm (12.7")


“South Gate Launceston, Cornwall”
19th Century English Naïve School Drawing
Graphite pencil on an embossed decorative card
Within its original water gilded frame with a
verre églomisé mount with the title "South Gate, Launceston"
English, Circa 1830's

17 cm high x 22 cm wide (image)
27.1 cm high x 32.2 cm wide (framed)

Miss Betty Hanley (Elizabeth Clare "Betty" Hanley), 'The Ring', Audley End, Essex. 

A delightful late Regency/early Victorian drawing of a scene in Cornwall, beautifully presented in its original water gilded frame with its original verre églomisé mount titled "South Gate, Launceston".

A charming an accomplished drawing by a 19th Century amateur.

This work was previously in the collection of Betty Hanley, an Anglo-American interior designer who, in the 1970's, lived in and restored The Ring Cottage on the Audley End Estate (a 'cottage orné' at Audley End which was originally designed as a menagerie by Robert Adam). Miss Hanley was a graduate of the Parsons New York School of Art and was the niece to the heiress Fern Bedaux, owner of The Château de Candé (where HRH the Duke of Windsor married Mrs Wallis Simpson). In the late 1940's Betty Hanley founded Clare House Ltd at 35 Elizabeth Street in London, which specialised in lampshades, fine silks and chintzes. (Anthony Armstrong-Jones (the future Lord Snowdon and husband of Princess Margaret) lived above the shop). In due course Clare House Ltd became a Royal Warrantholder in providing decorative items to HM the Queen. Other clients of Betty Hanley included Sir Cecil Beaton, whom she described as a "marvellous client, with a great sense of colour and who paid his bills on time!"