T03644 The Mauve Hat (?) c.1900–10
Oil on panel 8 5/8 × 6 1/4 (220 × 157)
Presented anonymously in memory of Terence Rattigan 1983
Prov: ...; Roland, Browse and Delbanco; the donor c.1965
In the spring of 1966, the donor visited the artist's nephew, Sir Eric Studd, with a photograph of T03644. Sir Eric and his wife identified the sitter as ‘Mrs Studd’ and the donor assumed it was the artist's wife. When T03644 was acquired by the Tate Gallery, it took the title ‘The Artist's Wife’, since Roland, Browse and Delbanco did not provide a title when they sold it. Information held on the Tate Gallery's file on Arthur Studd, provided by a cousin of the artist, reveals that Studd remained a bachelor all his life. It is therefore possible that Sir Eric Studd and his wife, when identifying the sitter as Mrs Studd, meant the mother of the artist.
The Tate Gallery 1982-84: Illustrated Catalogue of Acquisitions, London 1986