N01590 ALLELUIA c. 1896
Inscr. ‘T. C. Gotch’ b.r., ‘Sancti tui domine benedicent te gloriam regni tui dicent’ t.l. and ‘Alleluya’ t.r.; fragments of the same quotation appear on the scrolls of music held by the girls.
Canvas, 52 1/2×72 1/2 (133×184).
Chantrey Purchase from the artist 1896.
Exh: R.A., 1896 (374, with the quotation: ‘Sing praises to God, sing praises; sing praises unto our King, sing praises. For God is the King of all the earth: sing ye praises with understanding’. Psalm xlvii, vv. 6–7).
Lit: E. T. Cook, A Popular Handbook to the Tate Gallery, 1898, p.211.
Repr: Royal Academy Pictures, 1896, p.97; Studio, XIII, 1898, p.79.
Gotch's earlier work was naturalistic in the style of the Newlyn School. After his visit to Italy in the winter of 1891 he turned to more fanciful subjects and a more decorative treatment. ‘Alleluia’ is typical of this later manner. Cook points out that the artist may have painted some of the girls in Oriental and others in medieval robes in order to suggest the universality of worship.
Mary Chamot, Dennis Farr and Martin Butlin, The Modern British Paintings, Drawings and Sculpture, London 1964, I