Philip Wilson Steer
The Swiss Alps at the Earl’s Court Exhibition 1887

Artwork details

Philip Wilson Steer 1860–1942
The Swiss Alps at the Earl’s Court Exhibition
Date 1887
Medium Oil paint on canvas
Dimensions Support: 641 x 762 mm
frame: 685 x 850 x 55 mm
Acquisition Purchased 1942
On display at Tate Britain
Room: 1840

Display caption

The Earl's Court Exhibition of 1887
was the first of four, devoted in turn to America, Italy, France and Germany. The 'Alps' were the painted backdrop to the display about America which owed much of its success to Colonel Cody's ('Buffalo Bill') Wild West Show.


Steer's use of sombre colours and decorative surface pattern echoes
the work of Whistler and Japanese prints. In the following year he began to adopt the style and technique of the French Impressionists, and painted a series
of beach scenes in luminous colours.


August 2004

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