T02263 UNDER A MIDSUMMER SUN 1889
Inscribed ‘George Carline/1889’ b.r.
Oil on canvas, 10 1/8 × 14 3/16 (25.7 × 36)
Presented by Richard Carline 1978
Prov: By descent from the artist
Exh: Fine Arts Section, International Exhibition, Edinburgh [?summer?] 1890 (120); RBA, April 1892 (10); [one-man] Exhibition of Portraits and other Pictures, The Exhibition Room, Frewin Court, adjoining 51 Cornmarket Street, Oxford, January 1909 (51), as ‘Under the Midsummer Sun’; Pictures by George Carline, Hills and Saunders, Oxford, April 1913 (7); Exhibition of Works of The Corbet and Carline Families, Shrewsbury Art Gallery, March–April 1958 (61)
Richard Carline wrote of this picture (letter, 14 November 1979): 'My father was very inclined towards experiment in technique, and I think this was the first he painted mainly with the palette-knife. He used this method right on until the year he died...
‘...I think he was spending that summer  at Mersea in Essex...I cannot identify the model. If it was not for the short tucked up skirt, the face and hair look very like my mother. I do not know who she [sic.] could have posed for it. My mother would have been 27. The red parasol was a favourite idea, since my father had already painted a large canvas called “In the Garden of Hollyhocks” the previous year. My mother definitely posed for this standing woman sheltered beneath the red parasol. This picture had a considerable success...’
‘He painted a small oil panel of my mother in a punt under the red parasol’. (This painting was sold Christies, 19 May 1978 (22, repr.).)
The Tate Gallery 1978-80: Illustrated Catalogue of Acquisitions, London 1981