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