Not on display

Thomas Benjamin Kennington 1856–1916
Oil paint on canvas
Support: 1016 × 762 mm
frame: 1375 × 1115 × 150 mm
Presented by Sir Henry Tate 1894

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Kennington was one of the founder members of the New English Art Club in 1886, and its first Secretary. He was well known for his compelling pictures of the urban poor, although he also painted less emotive scenes from everyday life, and portraits. The rich colouring, smooth handling of paint, and subject were probably inspired by the work of the seventeenth-century Spanish artist Murillo, who also painted poor children.

Gallery label, August 2004

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Catalogue entry

N01560 ORPHANS 1885
Inscr. ‘T. B. Kennington. 85’ b.r.
Canvas, 40×30 (102×76).
Tate Gift 1894.
Coll: Purchased by Henry Tate from the artist.
Exh: R.O.I., December 1885–January 1886 (48, repr. from woodcut), as ‘Poverty’; R.A., 1886 (741); St Jude's School, Whitechapel, 1887.
Lit: Walter Armstrong, ‘The Henry Tate Collection II’ in Art Journal, 1893, p.122, repr. p.66 from engraving by J. C. Griffiths.
Repr: Sir Edward J. Poynter, The National Gallery, III, 1900, p.139.

The subject may have been suggested by Murillo.

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


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