Lady Edna Clarke Hall
Still Life of a Basket on a Chair 1900

Artwork details

Still Life of a Basket on a Chair
Date 1900
Medium Oil paint on canvas
Dimensions Support: 558 x 406 mm
Acquisition Presented by the executors of the late Mrs M.H. Fearnley-Sander 1990
On display at Tate Britain
Room: 1890

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Edna Waugh was one of the star pupils of the Slade School of Art, which she attended from 1895-99. She then married t barrister William Clarke Hall. The training at the Slade in the 1890s stressed the importance of vigorous drawing. Still lifes were popular, probably inspired by Dutch seventeenth-century examples. This is probably the artist's only oil painting. It was made under the direction of Gwen John (1876-1939) who showed her how to use oil paints. It is close in style, subject and technique to Gwen John's work. Edna Clarke Hall was known primarily for her drawings, particularly her illustrations to 'Wuthering Heights', although she also wrote poetry.

September 2004

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