SOLD The Butterfly, 1866

by George Elgar Hicks (1824–1914)
Oil on canvas
21¼ x 17¼ inches
Signed and dated lower right: G. E. Hicks. 1866.


The artist

[With] Messrs. Lloyd, London, United Kingdom, acquired from above, 1866

Sale, Sotheby’s, London, United Kingdom, November 6, 1996, lot 14

Ann and Gordon Getty, acquired from above

Sale, Christie’s, New York, New York, October 19, 2023, lot 189, from above


Rosamond Allwood, George Elgar Hicks: Painter of Victorian Life (London: Geffrye Museum, 1983), 56.

Related Work

The Flower Girl, 1874, oil on canvas, 23⅝ x 21⅝ inches; Bristol Museum & Art Gallery, England

Note: Ann Getty was an American philanthropist, publisher, and patron of the arts. Her husband, Gordon Getty, is an American composer and philanthropist, son of Paul Getty who established the J. Paul Getty Museum in Los Angeles, California.

Artist Biography

Born in England in 1924, George Elgar Hicks was best known for his genre paintings and society portraits. Hicks was encouraged by his parents to become a doctor but decided to become an artist after three discouraging years in medical school. By 1844, Hicks had enrolled in the Royal Academy Schools, beginning his artistic training substantially later in life than most of his contemporaries. Following his education, Hicks married his wife, Maria, and did not achieve initial success as an artist due to their growing family. In 1859 Hicks painted a large genre scene which he exhibited at the Royal

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