Sir William Blake Richmond
Portrait of Mrs Ernest Moon 1888

Artwork details

Portrait of Mrs Ernest Moon
Date 1888
Medium Oil paint on canvas
Dimensions Support: 1275 x 1020 mm
frame: 1650 x 1400 x 90 mm
Acquisition Presented by the Patrons of British Art through the Tate Gallery Foundation 1996
On display at Tate Britain
Room: 1840

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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.

July 2007

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