N04561 DAVID CROAL THOMSON 1895
Inscr. ‘P W Steer to D C Thomson 1895’ t.r.
Canvas, 30 1/8×25 (76·5×63·5).
Bequeathed by David Croal Thomson 1930.
Exh: N.E.A.C., April–May 1895 (70); Tate Gallery, April–July 1929 (6).
Lit: MacColl, 1945, pp.101, 196, repr. pl.33b.
Repr: Artwork, No.17, 1929, p.6.
The sitter was a writer and connoisseur, known chiefly as a director of the Goupil Gallery and as founder of the art firm Barbizon House. He was assistant editor of The Year's Art from 1881 and editor of the Art Journal from 1892 to 1902. He died on 4 January 1930, aged seventy-four. It was he who gave Steer his first one-man exhibition at the Goupil Gallery in February 1894. Steer also painted a portrait of his son Lockett Thomson in 1930.
Mary Chamot, Dennis Farr and Martin Butlin, The Modern British Paintings, Drawings and Sculpture, London 1964, II