Sydney Starr
Study in Blue and Grey 1891

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Sydney Starr 1857–1925
Study in Blue and Grey
Date 1891
Medium Oil paint on canvas
Dimensions Support: 1905 x 1073 mm
frame: 2010 x 1170 x 90 mm
Acquisition Presented by F. Howard 1934
On display at Tate Britain
Room: 1900

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Starr was a pupil at the Slade School in London in its early years. He was one of the chief exhibitors at the 'London Impressionists' exhibition of 1889. In 1892 he emigrated to America, and became a successful painter and decorative designer in New York.
When this portrait was shown at the New English Art Club in 1891, some reviews commented that it was a conscious homage to Whistler's similar portraits. This is evident in its title and its design, and most fundamentally in its control of tone.

August 2004

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