TITLE. "THE NEW EDITION"
DESCRIPTION. A fine oin on canvasl which is signed Cristabell A Cockerell and dated 1910. It depicts a rouge faced baby and a very pleaed mother or elder sister in with an Edwardian town visble through the draped curtains.
She was noted for her portraits of children
Provenance - Reiams of 1910 exhibition label
Signed top right and dated 1910
CONDITION. Oil on canvasl Image size 21inch by 14 inch Good condition. Has been relined
Housed in a fine swept frame gallery frame 26 inch by 19 inch.Gallery condition
BIOGRAPHY. Christabel Annie Cockerell (1863–1951) was a British painter of children, portraits and landscapes. She married the sculptor Sir George Frampton, becoming Lady Frampton, but continued to exhibit her art using her maiden nam
She was born in 1863, daughter of George Russell Cockerell of London, and trained at the Royal Academy Schools from 1882, where she met her future husband, the sculptor George Frampton. They married in April 1893 and their son, Meredith Frampton was born on 17 March 1894. She exhibited work at the Royal Academy from 1885, and continued until 1910, always under her maiden name.
Her husband was knighted in 1908 and in 1910 they moved to a new house designed by him at 90 Carlton Hill, St John's Wood, London, which included a studio for each of them. Her studio in the house was described as "a perfect painting room in which comfort and utility are happily combined", with numerous pictures on the walls, and the carpet from the studio of Leighton. The house was featured in a 1910 article Recent Designs in Domestic Architecture in The Studio, complete with photographs, including one of the interior of Cockerell's studio. The exterior of the house is almost unchanged today.
Some insight into the household can be gleaned from an advertisement in The Times in 1919, in which she seeks a "Cook-General and House-Parlourmaid" for a "comfortable place in St. John’s Wood", and describes the household as comprising a family of three and three maids.
Cockerell modelled occasionally for her husband: his Mother and Child shows her with their infant son Meredith, and was exhibited at the 1897 Venice Biennale and the Paris Exposition Universelle in 1900. Her husband also featured in her work: one of her smaller paintings shows him sitting by a window, working on his sculpture, watched by his young son.
Her husband died on 21 May 1928, and in 1930 she presented several bronzes to Camberwell Borough Council's art gallery in his memory, because of his affection for Camberwell.