N02995 MRS PATRICK CAMPBELL 1907
Inscr. ‘Charles Shannon 1907.’ b.r.
Canvas, 48 1/4×42 3/4 (123×109).
Presented by Francis Howard through the National Loan Exhibitions Committee 1914.
Coll: Purchased by Francis Howard from the artist.
Exh: Fair Women, International Society, February–March 1908 (287), as ‘Mrs Patrick Campbell in blue Dress’; Anglo-American, Shepherd's Bush, 1914 (catalogue untraced); International Society, autumn 1914 (among works purchased for presentation to the Tate).
Lit: E. B. G[eorge], Charles Shannon, 1924, pp.18, 19, 22, repr. pl.15.
Beatrice Stella Campbell (1865–1940), better known as Mrs Patrick Campbell, the actress, was born in Kensington, London, the youngest daughter of John Tanner and Maria Luigia Giovanna Romanini. At the age of nineteen she eloped to marry Patrick Campbell, and made her first professional stage appearance at the Alexander Theatre, Liverpool, in October 1888. She made her name as Paula Tanqueray in Pinero's The Second Mrs Tanqueray at the St James's Theatre, May 1893, and established herself in romantic passionate roles. Her last great success in a new part came in April 1914, when she acted Eliza Doolittle, the heroine of Bernard Shaw's Pygmalion. She died at Pau in 1940.
Mary Chamot, Dennis Farr and Martin Butlin, The Modern British Paintings, Drawings and Sculpture, London 1964, II