Similarities between The Dreamer, The Convalescent and Manx Maid – the same model?

Alastair Swinnerton commented on a similarity between The Dreamer, The Convalescent and the newly identified Manx Maid, all painted around the same time. The similarity of features between them is indeed apparent, and very possibly the same model. (I did wonder whether this was Isabel, who was 42 at the time, but the face looks …

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NOT Austen, but Atkinson, a 135-year-old misprint! / Newly discovered image – ‘Manx Maid’

THANKS AGAIN to Julie. After further investigation she determined that the work referred to as a portrait of 'Miss Jane Austen' in an 1887 publication should have been correctly titled 'Portrait of Miss Jane Atkinson' - somehow the wrong surname had been used. (To avoid potential misinformation, I have deleted my blog post suggesting Annie …

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Dacre’s ‘Portrait of a girl wearing a bonnet’ sold / 1880s complete

THE PORTRAIT OF A GIRL WEARING A BONNET sold at auction yesterday (22 September) at Ewbank's, nr. Guildford, Surrey. Interesting couple of labels on the back ... The painting was exhibited at the Manchester Academy of Arts Jubilee Exhibition, June 1909, marking the fiftieth anniversary of the institutions founding. The address 10 Acombe Street, Manchester …

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The Letter = The Reading Girl of 1883? / 1850s-70s biographical snippets complete / Another Cupid and Psyche

THE LETTER, owned by the Royal Academy, is very loosely dated by them to "?1900-1920". It is signed with a monogram, ALR, which is known only from two other works, the portraits of William Gaskell (1879) and Florence H. Musgrave (1883). I had therefore tentatively dated the work to "possibly c. 1881." I've just noticed …

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‘Biographical snippets’ back online / Dacre’s Portrait of a young violinist for sale.

PROMPTED by an enquiry from a researcher, I've decided to put on the web site all the newspaper clippings and other such contemporaneous material accumulated by myself over the past few years - the 'biographical snippets' section (accessible from main header menu). It'll be a long-winded job probably of many weeks, but I'll announce each …

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Annie, Joseph and Isabel on display in Liverpool and Manchester.

Paid a visit to the Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool, keen to see The Sense of Sight in it's home gallery, having only seen it before while on loan for the 2018 Painting Light and Hope exhibition in Manchester. The painting is indeed there, over a doorway (and very slightly crooked to my eye). A shame …

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New work by Susan Isabel Dacre – ‘Portrait of a girl wearing a bonnet’ – at auction.

A previously unknown piece by Isabel Dacre will be for sale by auction at Ewbank's, nr Guildford, Surrey, on 22nd September, Portrait of a girl wearing a bonnet. This brings the total number of works by Isabel for which an image is known to thirty-seven. For new visitors to this site - Isabel (she was …

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Note on Mater Triumphalis / Dacre at the Paris Salon / ‘Ottoman Scene’ unsold

FOUND A NOTE ON Mater Triumphalis in the original Musée National du Luxembourg gallery catalogue, published in 1915: Grande figure neu, debout, de face, les bras élevés, au-dessis de la téte et de l.épaule droit, dans une sorte "gloire" formée par un arc-en-ceil, dans l'azur intense et profound. A ses pieds, une coupe doreé pleine …

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