- James Charles 1851–1906
- Oil paint on canvas
- Support: 457 x 356 mm
- Presented by John Maddocks 1907
N02119 WILL IT RAIN? 1887
Inscr. ‘J Charles. 1887’, the ‘J’ and ‘C’ in monogram, b.l.
Canvas, 18×14 (45×35).
Presented by John Maddocks 1907.
Exh: Grosvenor Gallery, summer 1888 (199).
Repr: Art Journal, 1908, p.146; Tate Gallery Illustrations, 1928, pl.70.
The model is said to have been ‘Old Charlotte Wallder’ who lived opposite the church at South Harting, a village near Petersfield, Sussex, where the artist was living when this picture was painted. He first met John Maddocks of Bradford in 1879. Maddocks became an enthusiastic patron and introduced him to many prospective sitters in the north of England; works by Charles in his collection were sold at Christie's on 30 April 1910.
Mary Chamot, Dennis Farr and Martin Butlin, The Modern British Paintings, Drawings and Sculpture, London 1964, I