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Jacques-Emile Blanche 1861-1942
N04862 Arthur Symons 1895
Inscribed 'To Mr Arthur Symons Dieppe | J.E. Blanche 95' b.r.
Oil on canvas, 31 7/8 x 25 5/8 (81 x 65)
Bequeathed by Mrs Rhoda Symons 1937
Lit: Arthur Symons, 'Dieppe: 1895' in The Savoy, No. 1, January 1896, p. 101; Jacques-Emile Blanche, Propos de Peintre: De David à Degas (Paris 1927), pp.116-17; Jacques-Emile Blanche, Portraits of a Lifetime (London 1937), p.94, repr. facing p.101
Arthur Symons (1865-1945), English critic, poet and man of letters. The portrait was painted when Symons was spending two months in the summer of 1895 at Dieppe. As he wrote of his meetings with Blanche there: 'The most amiable soul in all the world resides, I think, in the Anglomaniac French painter in whose chalet I spent, so agreeably, so much of my time ...'
Ronald Alley, Catalogue of the Tate Gallery's Collection of Modern Art other than Works by British Artists, Tate Gallery and Sotheby Parke-Bernet, London 1981, p.56, reproduced p.56