Peter Greenham



Not on display

Peter Greenham 1909–1992
Oil paint on canvas
Support: 610 × 508 mm
frame: 771 × 672 × 68 mm
Presented by the Trustees of the Chantrey Bequest 1965

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This portrait of Greenham's wife, the painter Jane Dowling, was painted in 1964, in which year Greenham became Keeper of the Royal Academy Schools, a post he occupied for twenty-one years. Based on direct observation, the image in his works was built up through a sequence of fresh individual touches of paint, so that a sense of the motif is held in balance with an evident delight in the process of painting. Greenham's principal subjects were portraits, interiors with people and landscapes in Britain, France and Italy. He exemplified the persistence and vitality of a significant quieter strain in British painting which drew upon and extended traditional approaches.

Gallery label, August 2004

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Catalogue entry

Peter Greenham 1909-1992

T00769 Jane 1964

Inscr. ‘P.G.’ b.l. and ‘Peter Greenham Jane’ on turnover of canvas and stretcher top back.
Oil on canvas, 24 x 20 (61 x 51).
Chantrey Purchase from the artist 1965.
Exh: R.A., 1965 (74).

The artist wrote (21 August 1965): ‘ “Jane” was painted in my room in Kensington one afternoon in November 1964; the sitter is my wife’. Another portrait of Jane was also in the R.A., 1965 (No. 4).

Published in The Tate Gallery Report 1965–1966, London 1967.

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