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Three Studies of a Lioness (1917)

Elsie Marian Henderson

charcoal on paper

Prints and Drawings Department, British Museum, London


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Drawing and Watercolour


Charcoal, Paper

Physical Object Description:

Three studies of a lioness; including one lying down almost turned to front, another with forequarters visible only, and the third whole-length and seen standing in profile to right Charcoal. Inscribed: "EMHenderson".


21.5 x 35 cm

Accession Number:



Presented by the Contemporary Art Society, 1917



Ownership history:

Gifted by Campbell Dodgson (1867-1948) to the Contemporary Art Society, 1917; presented to the Prints and Drawings Department, British Museum, London, 1917


Animals (farm)
Elsie Marian Henderson, later Baroness de Coudenhove, studied at the South Kensington Schools (which later became the Royal College of Art) before studying at the Slade School of Fine Art (1903-1905). She continued her art education in Paris, between 1908 and 1912, attending the Académie Moderne, the Académie Colarossi and at Cercle Russe. In 1912 Henderson studied with Othon Friesz (1879-1949) before spending 1913 in Italy and then enrolled at the Chelsea Polytechnic, London (now Chelsea College of Arts) in 1916. She became a frequent visitor to the London Zoo and animal drawings and paintings became a major theme of her work.

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