Princess Natalia Pavlovna Paley (1905-1981) with Lilies

Oliver Messel (London 1904 - St James, Barbados 1978)
National Trust Inventory Number 1206470

Category Paintings
Date 1924 - 1978
Materials Oil on canvas
Measurements 745 x 615 mm
Place of origin
Collection Nymans Estate, West Sussex (Accredited Museum)
On show at Nymans Estate, West Sussex, London and South East, National Trust

Summary description

Oil painting on canvas, Princess Natalia Pavlovna Paley (1905-1981) with Lilies by Oliver Messel (London 1904 - St James, Barbados 1978). A three-quarter-length portrait, facing, blonde shoulder-length hair, dressed in black and surrounded by lillies. Landscape background with stormy sky. She was a member of the Romanov family and daughter of Grand Duke Paul Alexandrovich of Russia as well as a first cousin of the last Russian emperor, Nicholas II. After the Russian revolution she emigrated first to France and later to the United States. She became a fashion icon, socialite and briefly pursued a career as a film actress.

Provenance

Bought at Sotheby's, London, 27th June 1994, lot 190

Makers and roles

Oliver Messel (London 1904 - St James, Barbados 1978), artist

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Place of origin
Materials Canvas (9981)
Oil paint (8234)
Category Paintings (12561)
Collection Nymans Estate, West Sussex (Accredited Museum) (4655)
Periods 20th century (172865)
Maker Oliver Messel (London 1904 - St James, Barbados 1978) (20)
Subjects Princess Natalia Pavlovna Paley (1905-1981) (1)
Object Type Oil painting (10789)

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