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Mrs. Sackville-West 
Nigel Nicolson
Charcoal on paper 
24 x 18 inches 
This charcoal, completed by JSS in an hour, was given as a substitute - an "amende honorable" - for a number of failed oil protrait attempts to its subject, Lady Sackville-West. JSS said his oil portrait "was not good enough to sign" and the good lady writes of it as well, stating that JSS painted "a horrid face and was not pleased at all when I told him I did not like it all ". JSS redeemed himself with this lovely charcoal which Lady Sackville found "charming" 
Prepared by the Pragmatic Romanticist