Ralph Peacock



Ralph Peacock 1868–1946
Oil paint on canvas
Support: 1327 × 740 mm
frame: 1584 × 1000 × 145 mm
Presented by the Trustees of the Chantrey Bequest 1898

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This portrait was painted the year the Tate Gallery was founded, and was one of the most popular pictures when it went on display in the 1900s. Peacock’s model, Ethel Brignall, was 14 when he painted her. He married her sister Edith a few years later. Peacock enjoyed considerable success as a portrait painter at the onset of his career but was largely forgotten by the art establishment by the middle of the 20th century.

Gallery label, September 2020

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Catalogue entry

N01672 ETHEL 1897

Inscr. ‘Ralph Peacock’ b.l.
Canvas, 52×29 (132×73·5).
Chantrey Purchase from the artist 1898.
Exh: R.A., 1898 (256).
Repr: Royal Academy Pictures, 1898, p.18; Art Journal, 1898, p.178; G. K. Chesterton, Famous Paintings, 1912, p.15 (in colour).

In the words of the sitter Mrs Ethel Titcomb, “Ethel” was painted by my brother-in-law Ralph Peacock in his studio at 11 Holland Park Road, Kensington, in the summer of 1897. I was 14 years old at the time.... I stayed with Ralph Peacock's parents, Mr and Mrs Thomas Peacock, in the summer holiday while the picture was being painted' (letter of 22 December 1958). See also N01772.

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


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