N03569 MR MINNEY 1920
Inscr. ‘W. Russell’ b.r.
Canvas, 50 1/4×40 1/4 (127·5×102).
Presented by Charles H. Moore through the National Art-Collections Fund 1920.
Coll: Purchased by Charles H. Moore from the artist.
Exh: R.A., 1920 (136).
Lit: Malcolm C. Salaman, ‘The Art of W. Russell’ in Studio, LXXXIII, 1922, p.86, repr. p.88.
Repr: Tate Gallery Illustrations, 1928, pl.106; James Laver, Portraits in Oil and Vinegar, 1925, facing p.133.
Acclaimed as ‘the picture of the year’ in 1920, this portrait brought the artist into great prominence and led to much speculation concerning the sitter, who was an artist's model and was said to have been formerly on the stage. The donor was an old friend and patron of the artist, to whom he had sat for his portrait in 1902.
Mary Chamot, Dennis Farr and Martin Butlin, The Modern British Paintings, Drawings and Sculpture, London 1964, II