Catalogue entry

N05295 GIRL IN A BLUE DRESS c. 1891

Inscr. ‘P. W. Steer’ t.l.
Oil on panel, 10 3/4×8 1/4 (27×21).
Bequeathed by Sir Hugh Walpole 1941.
Coll: Sir Hugh Walpole by 1937.
Exh: Goupil Gallery, April–May 1909 (2), as ‘“Blue Dress” - sketch’ (apparently not sold); Hugh Walpole's Collection, French Gallery, May–June 1937 (49), as ‘The Blue Dress’.
Lit: MacColl, 1945, pp.46, 223 (where described as of unknown date).

The sitter in this painting bears a close resemblance in both dress and appearance to Miss Rose Pettigrew, whose portrait Steer painted in 1891 (repr. MacColl, op. cit., pl.17b), and who, with her sister, had sat to several Victorian painters, including Millais. The portrait of Miss Pettigrew, ‘Girl on a Sofa’, belonged in 1945 to Mrs George Burrell, and is described by MacColl as showing a girl in a blue dress. It seems not unreasonable to suppose that N05295 is of about the same date (1891) as this.

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