N04707 ORIENTAL PORTRAIT 1932
Inscr. on cartouche ‘Johanneta Cree. pinxit mcmxxxii’ b.c.
Tempera on canvas mounted on plywood, 12×8 7/8 (30·5×22·5).
Chantrey Purchase from the artist 1933.
Exh: R.A., 1933 (883).
The portrait was painted when the artist was still a student at the Byam Shaw School, where the sitter was a professional model. It is conceived in the manner of an Italian mid-Quattrocento head and shoulders portrait against a plain background with a low stone sill set in front of the figure along the bottom edge of the canvas.
Mary Chamot, Dennis Farr and Martin Butlin, The Modern British Paintings, Drawings and Sculpture, London 1964, I