The child is Elisabeth de Willman Grabowska, the subject of many drawings by Gwen John (see Cecily Langdale, "Gwen John: with a Catalogue Raisonne of the Paintings and a Selection of the Drawings" (1987), nos. 272-279). Sometimes known as 'the girl with the sulky expression,' she is frequently shown holding a doll. Elisabeth lived in Paris but twice summered at Pléneuf in the company of her mother and of Ruth Manson and her daughter Rosamund. The four stayed together in the Pléneuf house known as 'Chaumine,' which was painted by Gwen John (Ibid. p. 209).
Signature: Stamped (at lower right): Gwen John [estate stamp]
Ex coll. estate of the artist, until 2018
About Gwen John
1876-1939, Haverfordwest, United Kingdom