Samuel Waller Success! 1881

Artwork details

Samuel Waller 1850–1903
Date 1881
Medium Oil paint on canvas
Dimensions Support: 1346 x 2134 mm
Acquisition Presented by Sir Henry Tate 1894
Not on display

Catalogue entry

N01551 SUCCESS 1881

Inscr. ‘S. E. Waller 1881’ b.l.
Canvas, 53×84 (134·5×213·5).
Tate Gift 1894.
Coll: Presumably purchased by Henry Tate at the Royal Academy 1881.
Exh: R.A., 1881 (81).
Lit: S. E. Waller, ‘Evolution of a Picture’ in Art Journal, 1896, p.316.
Repr: Sir Edward J. Poynter, The National Gallery, III, 1900, p.343.

In the above-mentioned article the artist describes how an early discarded sketch for the picture, ‘The Day of Reckoning’, served for the composition of ‘Success’. The drawing, showing a similar carriage and horses and somewhat different park gates, is reproduced on p.317. The subject represents a young man being dragged off the field after a duel.

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

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