Ralph Peacock
Ethel 1897

Artwork details

Ralph Peacock 1868–1946
Date 1897
Medium Oil paint on canvas
Dimensions Support: 1327 x 740 mm
frame: 1584 x 1000 x 145 mm
Acquisition Presented by the Trustees of the Chantrey Bequest 1898
On display at Tate Britain
Room: 1890

Display caption

This portrait was painted the year the Tate Gallery was founded, and proved to be one of the most popular pictures on these walls at the beginning of the 20th century. Peacock was the darling of art critics at the onset of his career, but he never reached fame. His model, Ethel Brignall, was fourteen when he painted her. He married her sister Edith a few years later. The wooden panelling in the background of this portrait was used as a backdrop in most of Peacock’s later portraits of children.

February 2016

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