N02872 THE MUSIC ROOM 1905–6
Inscr. ‘P W Steer 1906’ b.l.
Canvas, 40 1/4×50 (102×127).
Presented by the National Art-Collections Fund 1912.
Coll: Purchased from the artist by Sir Cyril Kendall Butler 1906 and purchased from him by the N.A.C.F.
Exh: N.E.A.C., spring 1906 (124); C.A.S., Loan Exhibition, Manchester and Leeds, 1911 (81); Tate Gallery, April–July 1929 (21); National Gallery, June–August 1943 (18); Tate Gallery, November–December 1960 (53).
Lit: N.A.C.F. Report 1912, 1913, p.12, repr.; MacColl, 1945, pp.46, 56, 107–8, 207.
Repr: Art Journal, 1906, p.233; Burlington Magazine, XLIV, 1924, facing p.176; Ironside, 1943, pl.47.
Begun in 1905 and completed early in the following year, the picture shows the same model in two different poses. According to a note in the card-index compiled by C.H. Collins Baker (deposited at the British Museum, Department of Prints and Drawings) a Miss Bennett sat for this painting. The sofa and background are taken from the artist's studio.
A study, 26×31 in., for this painting belonged in 1927 to Barbizon House, into whose possession it returned September 1945 from the collection of H. M. Hepworth.
Mary Chamot, Dennis Farr and Martin Butlin, The Modern British Paintings, Drawings and Sculpture, London 1964, II