|Violet Lindsay (1856-1937), later Marchioness of Granby and Duchess of Rutland, was a member an aristocratic circle of aesthetes known as "The Souls". |
A practicing artist, specialising in pencil portraits and sculpture, she regularly exhibited at the Grosvenor Gallery. Violet was a celebrated society beauty who was painted by artists such as G.F. Watts, Jacques-Emile Blanche, J.J. Shannon and William Rothenstein. In her later years she continued to live by Aesthetic codes, wearing unconventional flowing garments in muted colours pinned with exotic brooches, as seen in Frampton's bust.
This marble was originally painted with gold highlights as The Art-Journal (1902) recorded:
'Mr. Frampton a firm adherent of what may be called the polychromatic school of sculptors; he does not believe that here and now we need dissociate colour from reliefs or examples in the round. In the 'Lady Granby,' the medallions, bearing a peacock design, the ear-rings, and the fastening of the quaint headgear under the chin, are touched with gold.'