Frank Bramley
Primrose Day 1885

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Frank Bramley 1857–1915
Primrose Day
Date 1885
Medium Oil paint on canvas
Dimensions Support: 502 x 351 mm
frame: 765 x 615 x 110 mm
Acquisition Presented by Arthur Grogan 1985
Not on display

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The title of this picture refers to the annual commemoration on 19 April of the death of the great Conservative statesman Benjamin Disraeli (1804-81) who was Prime Minister in 1868 and from 1874-80. Primroses were said to be his favourite flower. The girl has been collecting primroses in her hat; others are arranged in a vase on the table, above which is a print of Disraeli. Bramley's picture is also an exercise in the colour harmonies of yellow, white and brown. A leading Newlyn painter, he has used the square brush and horizontal strokes for which the Newlyn artists were famous. Bramley was a founder member of the NEAC but resigned in 1890 after a vicious review of his work by Sickert. He was elected a Royal Academician in 1911.

August 2004

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