N02137 THE REHEARSAL 1907
Inscr. ‘L. Campbell Taylor 1907 -’ b.l.
Canvas, 85 1/4×120 1/4 (216·5×305·5).
Chantrey Purchase from the artist 1907.
Exh: R.A., 1907 (487).
Lit: Rudolf Dircks, ‘Royal Academy Exhibition, 1907’ in Art Journal, 1907, pp.198–200, repr. p.202; Herbert Furst, Leonard Campbell Taylor, R.A.: His Place in Art, 1945, pp.40–1, 139, repr. pl.6.
Repr: Studio, XLI, 1907, p.35.
The figures are shown grouped around the Broadwood piano that was used by Chopin during his recitals in London in 1848. The model who posed for the seated violinist was Monsieur Beguinot, the famous Soho restaurateur. The' cellist was a repairing tailor whom the artist found standing on the kerb in the Cornmarket, Oxford. Professional models were used for the figures of the man standing on the left and the girl seated at the piano; the second girl was the daughter of a Surrey farmer. A small replica, approximately 20×30 in., was in the collection of A. A. Paton.
Mary Chamot, Dennis Farr and Martin Butlin, The Modern British Paintings, Drawings and Sculpture, London 1964, II