N03002 THE MAN IN BLACK 1913
Inscr. ‘G P 1913’ b.l.
Canvas, 30 1/4×27 1/4 (76·5×69).
Presented by Francis Howard through the National Loan Exhibitions Committee 1914.
Exh: International Society, autumn 1914 (among works purchased for presentation to the Tate).
Lit: J. B. Manson, The Tate Gallery, 1929, p.132; Sewter, 1951, p.3, repr. pl.23.
The sitter was Robert Allerton, the distinguished American collector, who gave Robert Allerton Park to the University of Illinois in 1946; the gardens of this mansion contain two life-size stone figures of men carrying blocks of stone by Philpot. Miss Gabrielle Cross, the artist's niece, has written: ‘I do not think that “The Man in Black” was ever painted as a portrait of Mr Allerton. They became friends through a chance meeting at the Opera at Covent Garden, and Mr Allerton sat for Glyn sometimes. There is a drawing of him portrayed as a Faun which belongs to Glyn's brother’ (letter of 12 November 1958).
‘The Man in Black’ should not be confused with a painting ‘Man in Black’ exhibited at the Baillie Gallery, April–May 1910 (24), together with another painting ‘Lady in Black’ (23).
Mary Chamot, Dennis Farr and Martin Butlin, The Modern British Paintings, Drawings and Sculpture, London 1964, II