Philip Wilson Steer

Sleep

exhibited 1898

Artist
Philip Wilson Steer 1860–1942
Medium
Oil paint on canvas
Dimensions
Support: 895 x 1321 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Presented by Lord Ivor Spencer Churchill 1927
Reference
N04264

Not on display

Catalogue entry

N04264 SLEEP c. 1898

Inscr. ‘P W Steer’ b.l.
Canvas, 35 1/4×52 (89·5×132).
Presented by Lord Ivor Spencer Churchill 1927.
Coll: Purchased by Lord Ivor Spencer Churchill from the Goupil Gallery 1924.
Exh: N.E.A.C., April–May 1898 (84); Goupil Gallery, March–April 1924 (62); Tate Gallery, April–July 1929 (186); Birkenhead, 1951 (17).
Lit: MacColl, 1945, pp.107, 198.
Repr: Ironside, 1943, pl.33.

Possibly painted at The Avenue, Fulham Road studio, which the artist left some time in 1898 to move to Cheyne Walk. This work belongs to a series of ‘rococo’ nude subjects such as ‘The Toilet of Venus’ (N04272) and ‘The Mirror’ (1901, repr. Ironside, op. cit., pl.34), all of which were painted from professional models.

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

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