Sir William Nicholson Lady in Furs, Mme. P. c.1907

Artwork details

Artist
Title
Lady in Furs, Mme. P.
Date c.1907
Medium Oil paint on canvas
Dimensions Support: 908 x 705 mm
frame: 1305 x 1100 x 138 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition Presented by R. Phillipson through the Art Fund 1927
Reference
N03689
Not on display

Display caption

In his early work, Nicholson prefered a dark range of colours. The grandiose gilt frame, which was probably given to this portrait by its first owner, contributes to its 'old master' look. It is not known who 'Mme.P.' was, but she may well have been the wife of the R.Phillipson who gave the portrait to the Gallery in 1922.
The portrait was first exhibited at an annual 'Exhibition of Fair Women' in 1909. These exhibitions mixed British old master portraits with contemporary work, so that the standard of the eighteenth century could be compared to that of modern art.

September 2004

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