Dame Ethel Walker

The Artist’s Stepmother, Mrs Arthur Walker

c.1899

Artist
Dame Ethel Walker 1861–1951
Medium
Oil paint on canvas
Dimensions
Support: 1118 x 864 mm
frame: 1365 x 1110 x 95 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Bequeathed by the artist 1951
Reference
N06028

Not on display

Catalogue entry

N06028 THE ARTIST'S STEPMOTHER (MRS ARTHUR WALKER) c. 1899

Inscr. on the back ‘My Stepmother’.
Canvas, 44×34 (112×86); a further 3 (7·5) of painted canvas is turned over at the right, 1 5/8 (4) on left, 2 1/4 (5·75) at top, and 2 1/2 (6·5) at bottom.
Bequeathed by the artist 1951.
Exh: N.E.A.C., summer 1918 (85); Ethel Walker, Charles Ginner, Louise Pickard, Goupil Gallery, January 1924 (117); R.A., 1950 (499); Ethel Walker, Frances Hodgkins, Gwen John, Tate Gallery, May–June 1952 (2), and Arts Council tour, 1952 (2).

An oil study for this portrait, on board, 13 1/4×9 1/2 in., was sold at Sotheby's, 17 July 1963 (42), bt. M. Millus. It shows the subject standing full-length against a more detailed background of furniture and curtains. Her hands appear to be clasped together as she rests them on the chair back. Another portrait of the artist's stepmother (29 1/2×24 1/2 in.) belonged in 1957 to Mrs E. Denham White.

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

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