Ratcliffe shows the room he slept in while he stayed at his brother’s house. The prominence of his boots, and the chair, suggest he had in mind Van Gogh’s pictures of such things, particularly the interior of his own bedroom in Arles.
Following his teacher, Harold Gilman, Ratcliffe often painted the interiors of his own and his family’s houses. His first job had been as a pattern designer in London for the Wallpaper Combine and this is perhaps reflected in the insistent of the wallpaper here.
Gallery label, September 2004
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