Sir Lawrence GowingMrs Roberts 1944

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Artist
Sir Lawrence Gowing (1918‑1991)
Title
Mrs Roberts
Date 1944
MediumOil paint on canvas
Dimensionssupport: 406 x 508 mm frame: 560 x 660 x 95 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition Presented by the Contemporary Art Society 1945
Reference
N05627
Not on display

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A student at the Euston Road School, Lawrence Gowing attended throughout its existence. This later portrait of Mrs Ellen Roberts, the Gowings' cleaning lady, was painted at their home in Paultons Square, Chelsea. In 1945 the Daily Sketch reported the sitter's comments: 'It's me, isn't it? Perhaps in another hundred years I will be hanging in a national museum'. In 1983 Sir Lawrence described Mrs Roberts as 'gaunt and gracious'. He also recalled how, when studying the work of Masaccio at that time, he 'realised that not only the transverse lighting but the unidealised sympathy and the visual authenticity that I prized in painting were all his invention'.

August 2004

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