Glyn Warren Philpot

The Man in Black

1913

Not on display
Artist
Glyn Warren Philpot 1884–1937
Medium
Oil paint on canvas
Dimensions
Support: 768 x 692 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Presented by Francis Howard through the National Loan Exhibitions Committee 1914
Reference
N03002

Catalogue entry

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).

Published in:
Mary Chamot, Dennis Farr and Martin Butlin, The Modern British Paintings, Drawings and Sculpture, London 1964, II

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