frame: 654 x 552 x 63 mm
The view is inside the Grant family home at Streatley-on-Thames, painted when he was seventeen. In 1902 he went to the Westminster School of Art, overcoming his family’s wish that he should join the army. Both his determination to pursue a career as an artist, and the quality of this very early painting, show his extraordinary talent. The colouring – controlled and yet rich – is comparable to recent work showing figures in interiors, perhaps most strongly those by Gwen John also shown in this room.