Catalogue entry

N01612 THE GIRL AT THE GATE 1889
 
Inscr. ‘G. Clausen 1889’ b.r.
Canvas, 67 1/2×54 1/2 (171·5×138·5).
Chantrey Purchase from the artist 1890.
Exh: Grosvenor Gallery, summer 1890 (51).
Lit: Claude Phillips, ‘The Summer Exhibitions at Home and Abroad’ in Art Journal, 1890, pp.170–1, 293, repr. p.167; D[yneley] H[ussey], George Clausen, 1923, pp.16, 22; J. B. Manson, The Tate Gallery, 1929, p.124, repr. pl.19 (in colour).
Repr: Tate Gallery Illustrations, 1928, pl.68.

Painted in 1889 at Cookham Dean, Berkshire, where the artist was then living at Grove House. The model was Miss Mary Baldwin, aged about fifteen or sixteen, a nursemaid to the Clausen family. She died in 1958. The cottage was near the artist's home and the old couple in the background lived in two cottages opposite. (Letters from Dr R.J. Clausen, 20 March 1954, and Miss Mary Baldwin, 22 March 1954.) The same model appears in ‘The Stone Pickers’ of 1887. In a letter to the Gallery (23 February 1935) the artist wrote of ‘The Girl at the Gate’ that it ‘is not one which I should choose to represent my work now’, and no work earlier than 1904 is reproduced in Hussey's monograph.

Published in:
Mary Chamot, Dennis Farr and Martin Butlin, The Modern British Paintings, Drawings and Sculpture, London 1964, I