Count Mario Grixoni, Capt Savile Clothing Study - Early 20th-century drawing


An original early 20th-century graphite drawing, Count Mario Grixoni Capt Savile Clothing Study.

An intriguing sheet of sketches by Count Mario Grixoni (1879-1946). ‘Capt Savile’ or ‘Capt Savill’ was no doubt a captain in the First World War; the specific identity is unclear: there was an RAF Captain Francis Charles Beresford Savile, or it is possibly Naval Captain Herbert John Savill, who skippered the ill-fated HMS Hampshire which sunk with Lord Kitchener aboard.

Count Grixoni was born into a noble family in Genoa, Italy. Son and nephew of senior officers in the Army and Navy, the young Grixoni also embarked on a Naval career. His ancestry, however, also included Italian artists of renown, and at a young age his drawings attracted the attention of Grosso. Grixoni was soon to devote himself solely to his art and aged twenty-three he arrived in London with little money and three young children to support. He was to stay in London for over a quarter of a century, during which time he became close friends with leading portraitists John Singer Sargent and William Orpen. Grixoni also became known for his portraits, which retained the charm and grace of the Italian school style. He exhibited at the Royal Academy in London and the Salon de Paris, was a member of The Chelsea Arts Club, the St Johns Wood Arts Club, and was part of the Council of the Pastel Society and the Council of the Arts Club.

Inscribed 'Grixoni' lower right.

Minor age toning and marks. The paper is cut to shape as shown. Please see photos for detail.
15.3cm x 6.6cm.

This picture is one of an interesting assortment of pictures, which were acquired together from a single collector and include a number of works by the eminent Dover artist William Burgess (1805-1861). Burgess was a painter and drawing master, who specialised in local Dover subjects, which sometimes featured military and naval elements. There are further naval and marine connections in the collection, spanning the early Victorian era to the early 20th century, which indicate the collector was possibly of Naval descent; an address associated with the collection is at Lowestoft.

Artists of interest featured in the collection include marine artist Neville Sotheby Pitcher (1889-1959), and Count Mario Grixoni (1885-1945), who was son and nephew of senior officers of the Army and Navy, and who as a young man started a Naval career. There is also an early view on the Nile, and a World War Two sketch in India. In addition, the collection features a number of typical Victorian subjects, such as a portrait of Queen Victoria’s dog Dash, along with a canine sketch by the eminent British-American canine painter Maud Earl (1864-1943), whose select clientele included members of the British royal family.

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Product code: JP-004

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