William Ratcliffe

Clarence Gardens

1912

Not on display
Artist
William Ratcliffe 1870–1955
Medium
Oil paint on canvas
Dimensions
Support: 570 x 762 mm
frame: 682 x 934 x 85 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Purchased 1982
Reference
T03359

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Ratcliffe began his career as a commercial designer and amateur artist, living in Letchworth in Hertfordshire. Here he met Harold Gilman, who had moved there in 1908, and who encouraged him to return to painting. Ratcliffe studied at the Slade School briefly in 1910. For a short period, around 1912-14, his landscapes and interiors have the intense colouring and tight design typical of the Camden Town Group.
Clarence Gardens, which no longer exists, was a square in the Camden Town area frequently painted by Bevan and Sickert. Ratcliffe probably chose it for these associations, and perhaps worked alongside one of the other artists.

Gallery label, August 2004

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