N05557 THE ARTIST'S MOTHER 1911
Inscr. ‘Mark Gertler July, 1911.’ t.r.
Canvas, 26×22 (66×56), including black border, 3/8 (0·75).
Chantrey Purchase from the Leicester Galleries 1944.
Coll: Sir Michael Sadler.
Exh: N.E.A.C., winter 1911 (25), as ‘Portrait of an Elderly Woman’; Leicester Galleries, May–June 1941 (18); Selected Paintings, Drawings and Sculpture from the Collection of the late Sir Michael Sadler, Leicester Galleries, January–February 1944 (85, repr.); R.A., 1944 (15); Whitechapel Art Gallery, June–July 1949 (5).
Lit: Allan Gwynne-Jones, Portrait Painters, 1950, p.37, repr. pl.158; John Rothenstein, Modern English Painters: Lewis to Moore, 1956, p.208, repr. pl.19.
Repr: John Rothenstein, The Tate Gallery, 1962, p.253.
This is one of several paintings by Gertler of his mother. An earlier one, dated 1908 and belonging to Mr and Mrs S. Samuels, shows her wearing the same dress. Another dated 1909 belongs to Mrs Napier. Among the later portraits one of 1913 belonged to Sir Edward Marsh and was bequeathed to the Glyn Vivian Art Gallery, Swansea, through the C.A.S.; a further one dated 1924 was in the Collection of J. W. Freshfield and passed to that of R. A. Bevan.
Mary Chamot, Dennis Farr and Martin Butlin, The Modern British Paintings, Drawings and Sculpture, London 1964, I