Sir William Blake Richmond

Portrait of Mrs Ernest Moon

1888

On display at Tate Britain

Medium
Oil paint on canvas
Dimensions
Support: 1275 x 1020 mm
frame: 1650 x 1400 x 90 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Presented by the Patrons of British Art through the Tate Gallery Foundation 1996
Reference
T07130

Display caption

Emma Moon was a young Australian who married an English barrister. This portrait was commissioned to celebrate their marriage. She is shown here wearing a richly-decorated coat which she had embroidered herself. William Richmond was best known for his academic pictures but he was also a highly skilled portraitist. This picture is distinctly ‘aesthetic’: there are contrasting colours and textures in the opulent fabrics, and Emma Moon has a languid pose and expression.

Gallery label, November 2016