Catalogue entry

N04707 ORIENTAL PORTRAIT 1932
 
Inscr. on cartouche ‘Johanneta Cree. pinxit mcmxxxii’ b.c.
Tempera on canvas mounted on plywood, 12×8 7/8 (30·5×22·5).
Chantrey Purchase from the artist 1933.
Exh: R.A., 1933 (883).

The portrait was painted when the artist was still a student at the Byam Shaw School, where the sitter was a professional model. It is conceived in the manner of an Italian mid-Quattrocento head and shoulders portrait against a plain background with a low stone sill set in front of the figure along the bottom edge of the canvas.

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