Samuel Butler
Mr Heatherley’s Holiday: An Incident in Studio Life 1874

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Samuel Butler 1835–1902
Mr Heatherley’s Holiday: An Incident in Studio Life
Date 1874
Medium Oil paint on canvas
Dimensions Support: 921 x 708 mm
frame: 1058 x 857 x 88 mm
Acquisition Presented by representatives of Jason Smith 1911
Not on display

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It was Heatherley’s that set me wrong. This is Butler’s largest and most successful painting. It satirises the dusty, macabre jumble out of which ‘grand styleVictorian classicism was expected to arise. Heatherley’s art school in Newman Street, which Butler attended for a number of years, was run by the old man shown here, who famously never took a holiday. His mending of a skeleton often misused by students pinpoints Butler’s rejection of academicism.

September 2004

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