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ID number:  BIRRC-A0170
Institution:  Research and Cultural Collections
Named collection:  Campus Collection of Fine and Decorative Art
Artist / Maker:  Sauter, Rudolf H. (1895-1977)
Title / Object name:  Portrait of Ada Galsworthy
Object type:  Painting
Culture:  British
Date made:  1930
Materials:  Oil on canvas
Measurements:  49.5 x 39.4 cm
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This portrait shows Ada Galsworthy's head and shoulders in profile. In 1905 Ada married the noted playwright John Galsworthy, famous in particular for his Forsyte Saga. Ada had previously been married to Galsworthy's cousin, Arthur, and it has often been thought that the unhappiness of Irene and Soames Forsyte that Galsworthy wrote about was based on this first marriage. The painter, Rudolph Helmut Sauter, lived from 1895 to 1977 and was a nephew of John Galsworthy.

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