Thomas Sword GoodA Man Reading exhibited 1827

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Artist
Thomas Sword Good (1789‑1872)
Title
A Man Reading
Date exhibited 1827
MediumOil paint on mahogany
Dimensionssupport: 241 x 190 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition Presented by Robert Vernon 1847
Reference
N00378
Not on display

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Good was born in Berwick-upon-Tweed. He lived there for almost his entire career and first exhibited in London in 1824. He specialized in small highly finished oil paintings which usually showed one or two figures, often seated, in interiors. Like many genre painters, Good portrayed friends or professional models but introduced studio props and contrived incidents as a means of creating narrative interest. Rather as Wilkie had done in his 'Newsmongers' of 1821, shown nearby, Good was attracted to the theme of people reading a newspaper… (read more)

September 2004

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