Thomas Stothard, formerly attributed to Edward Francis Burney

The Painter Who Pleased Nobody and Everybody

In Tate Britain

Prints and Drawings Room

View by appointment
Thomas Stothard 1755–1834
Formerly attributed to Edward Francis Burney 1760–1848
Graphite, ink and watercolour on paper
Support: 79 × 121 mm
Purchased as part of the Oppé Collection with assistance from the National Lottery through the Heritage Lottery Fund 1996

Display caption

This scene is set in the studio of an aspiring young artist who is trying to impress his patron. On the easel is an idealised portrait, which clearly aims
to flatter the sitter. Behind, to the left,
is the artist's 'sitter's chair' where his clients pose for their portraits. To the right, by the screen, is the artist's 'lay figure', a jointed doll used for modelling drapery. The young artist's affable manner and the classical trappings of his studio suggest that his main aim is to make
his mark in fashionable society.

Gallery label, August 2004

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