Sir Walter Russell Mr Minney 1920

Artwork details

Artist
Sir Walter Russell 1867–1949
Title
Mr Minney
Date 1920
Medium Oil paint on canvas
Dimensions Support: 1276 x 1022 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition Presented by Charles H. Moore through the Art Fund 1920
Reference
N03569
Not on display

Catalogue entry

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.

Published in:
Mary Chamot, Dennis Farr and Martin Butlin, The Modern British Paintings, Drawings and Sculpture, London 1964, II

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