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Notable Sale: Grosvenor Museum Acquires Portrait from Philip Mould & Co.

Thu Apr 27, 2017

Philip Mould & Co. have sold a portrait of the glamorous and influential twentieth-century aristocrat, Sybil Cholmondeley (1894-1989) to the Grosvenor Museum, Cheshire. A full press release is available online here.

Born Sibyl Sassoon in London, the Countess came to Cheshire after her marriage to George Cholmondeley, Earl of Rocksavage, who was to inherit the title of 5th Marquess of Cholmondeley and Cholmondeley Castle, Cheshire, in 1923. Sybil, who had already helped establish the Women's Royal Navy Service during the war, became one of Cheshire’s most interesting twentieth-century figures, as a great patron of the contemporary arts and worthy causes.

This enchanting painting is by Charles Sims (1873-1928) and was a preparatory work for what came to be considered one of the artist's masterpieces, The Countess of Rocksavage and her Son, which won him critical acclaim and a reputation that was to secure commissions from King George V and Winston Churchill.

The portrait has just gone on display at the museum's art gallery on the first floor.