William Ratcliffe

Attic Room

1918

Artist
William Ratcliffe 1870–1955
Medium
Oil paint on plywood
Dimensions
Support: 510 x 508 mm
frame: 624 x 625 x 95 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Bequeathed by Miss Eveline Annie Dear 1980
Reference
T03167

Not on display

Display caption

Ratcliffe shows the room he slept in while he stayed at his brother’s house. The prominence of his boots, and the chair, suggest he had in mind Van Gogh’s pictures of such things, particularly the interior of his own bedroom in Arles.

Following his teacher, Harold Gilman, Ratcliffe often painted the interiors of his own and his family’s houses. His first job had been as a pattern designer in London for the Wallpaper Combine and this is perhaps reflected in the insistent painting of the wallpaper here.

Gallery label, September 2004

Catalogue entry

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