Walter GreavesThe Green Dress c.1875

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Artist
Walter Greaves (1846‑1930)
Title
The Green Dress
Date c.1875
MediumOil paint on canvas
Dimensionssupport: 1930 x 914 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition Presented by the Trustees of the Chantrey Bequest 1931
Reference
N04599
Not on display

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Walter Greaves began as an amateur artist, drawing views of Chelsea. As a boy he worked in his father's boatyard on the Thames, and met Whistler who lived nearby. He became his assistant, and then his pupil.

Greaves painted this portrait of one of his sisters as a companion to his similar full length portrait of another sister. With its use of light and shade, and the attention to detail of the elaborate dress, it is more conventional than Whistler's portraits. The unusual dress is a Victorian revival of Elizabethan fashion.

September 2004

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