Catalogue entry

N01544 THE HEALTH OF THE BRIDE 1889
 
Inscr. ‘Stanhope A. Forbes. 1889.’. b.l.
Canvas, 60×78 3/4 (152×202); patched in two places b.r.
Tate Gift 1894.
Coll: Purchased by Henry Tate at the R.A. 1889.
Exh: R.A., 1889 (655).
Lit: Anon., ‘The Royal Academy’ in Art Journal, 1889, p.219; Walter Armstrong, ‘The Henry Tate Collection. V’ in Art Journal, 1893, pp.298–9, repr. p.299; Frederick Dolman, ‘Illustrated Interviews’ in The Strand Magazine, LXXVI, 1901, p.487, repr.; Mrs Lionel Birch, Stanhope A. Forbes, A.R.A. and Elizabeth Stanhope Forbes, A.R.W.S., 1906, pp.37–8, repr. facing p.38; C. Lewis Hind, ‘Stanhope A. Forbes, R.A.’ in The Art Annual, 1911, p.17.
Repr: Tate Gallery Illustrations, 1928, pl.72; Hesketh Hubbard, A Hundred Years of British Painting 1851–1951, 1951, pl.52.

In a letter to Henry Tate from Newlyn dated 16 July 1889 the artist wrote: ‘I myself will be rather occupied down here - no less a matter than my own wedding. It was inevitable after painting this picture.’ He had been engaged to Elizabeth Armstrong for several years and married her in August. The picture was painted from the artist's friends at his studio in Newlyn, not from professional models, and the setting is the local inn.

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