Catalogue entry

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 [1889] 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.).)

Published in:
The Tate Gallery 1978-80: Illustrated Catalogue of Acquisitions, London 1981