Alfred R. Thomson

Sister Fry

1939

Medium
Oil paint on canvas
Dimensions
Support: 762 x 635 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Presented by the Trustees of the Chantrey Bequest 1940
Reference
N05107

Catalogue entry

N05107 SISTER FRY 1939

Inscr. ‘A. R. Thomson’ 39' b.l. and ‘Sister Fry’ in pencil t.r.
Canvas, 30×25 (76×63·5).
Chantrey Purchase from the artist 1940.

Exh: R.A., 1939 (234), as ‘Sister Fry’; United Artists, R.A., January–March 1940 (814), as ‘The Sister’.
Repr: Country Life, 13 January 1940, p.46.

A portrait of Miss Norah Ellen Fry, the midwife who attended the artist's wife's first confinement in 1939. Sister Fry would be about twenty-nine or thirty years of age at the time of the portrait; the badge she is wearing shows that she trained at the Royal Hospital, Richmond, where she was a student from 1930 to 1933.

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