- Frank Huddlestone Potter 1845–1887
- Oil paint on wood
- Support: 508 x 724 mm
- Purchased 1907
Potter’s picture was one of the last works he completed before his untimely death – reputedly but doubtfully of starvation. He captured on canvas the mild boredom of a girl teaching piano to a young child whose doll is cast aside. Potter was influenced by the warm intimacy of Dutch interior scenes. He never achieved financial success, but his talent as a colourist was recognised by critics and connoisseurs around the turn of the century. A Music Lesson predates Jean Renoir’s famous treatments of the same subject.
Gallery label, November 2016
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