T03656 The Mug 1948
Oil on canvas 14 5/8 × 17 1/2 (370 × 445)
Inscribed ‘Tibble’ b.l. and ‘Tibble/Oct 48’ on reverse
Presented anonymously in memory of Vivien Leigh 1983
Prov: Mrs Serena Hobbs, widow of the artist; the donor 1967
Exh: Geoffrey Tibble, Arthur Tooth and Sons Ltd., May–June 1949 (? 9, with dimensions given as 12 × 20)
The window and the balcony railings belong to the same studio flat as that depicted in T03658, the home of Barbara Phillips. Although Tibble's settings have recognisable features copied from the motif, his female figures are never true portraits. The sitter in T03656, his favourite female type, with dark hair piled high in a bun, was based on his wife, Serena, whose looks were most distinctive, owing to her Anglo-Indian ancestry.
The Tate Gallery 1982-84: Illustrated Catalogue of Acquisitions, London 1986