Philip Wilson SteerMrs Cyprian Williams and her Two Little Girls 1891

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Artist
Philip Wilson Steer (1860‑1942)
Title
Mrs Cyprian Williams and her Two Little Girls
Date 1891
MediumOil paint on canvas
Dimensionssupport: 762 x 1022 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition Purchased with assistance from anonymous subscribers 1928
Reference
N04422
Not on display

Summary

Mrs Williams was an artist, who exhibited with Steer at the New English Art Club, and her husband, T. Cyprian Williams, was a collector of art. D.S. MacColl recalled that the portrait was commissioned by another artist friend of Steer’s, Francis James (1849-1920). James owned the picture throughout his life, and it may be that it was painted at Steer’s request, but that he needed the commission in order to be able to devote the time to it. The design of the portrait is unconventional in that the point of view looks downwards from one corner. Mrs Williams is seen in profile, and her two daughters, placed on a bench that divides the picture diagonally, are seen from above… (read more)

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