Charles Wellington Furse Diana of the Uplands 1903–4

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Artist
Title
Diana of the Uplands
Date 1903–4
Medium Oil paint on canvas
Dimensions Support: 2369 x 1791 mm
frame: 2910 x 2218 x 195 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition Purchased 1906
Reference
N02059
On display at Tate Britain

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Furse has presented Diana, Goddess of Love, in a contemporary setting. The model was his wife Katherine, who recalled 'Charles had the design of the wind-blown figure in his mind and knew exactly what he wished to produce. But there came a moment when he was very anxious to see the whole effect, so I dressed up and my stepmother-in-law Gertude was brought in to help the wind. We hired two greyhounds for the picture, a white and a black and when he wanted a piebald, Charles made a combinazione of the two'. Katherine Furse carved the frame, and later led a distinguished career as head of the VAD nurses and WRNS. The picture enjoyed great contemporary success, and is evidence of the renewed interest at this time in Gainsborough.

August 2004

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