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Drawing - Study for The Return of the Penitent no 66
  • Study for The Return of the Penitent no 66
    Fildes, Luke
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Study for The Return of the Penitent no 66

  • Object:

    Drawing

  • Place of origin:

    Great Britain, Uk (made)

  • Date:

    ca. 1860-1927 (painted)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Fildes, Luke (Sir, KB, KCVO, RA), born 1844 - died 1927 (probably, artist)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Oil on canvas

  • Credit Line:

    Gift of Mrs Pamela Myers through The Art Fund

  • Museum number:

    E.687-2003

  • Gallery location:

    Prints & Drawings Study Room, level C, case MB2A, shelf DR58, box CONS

Sir (Samuel) Luke Fildes (1843-1927) was a major English illustrator and painter. He was born in Liverpool, the son of a shipping agent. He attended evening classes in art at the Mechanics' Institute, Chester, and moved to London in 1863 having won a scholarship to study at the Government Art Training School, South Kensington; an institution linked to the South Kensington Museum, now the V&A. He went on to study at the Royal Academy Schools. He started his artistic career as an illustrator, with a strongly realist style based on direct drawings from nature. When Fildes began to exhibit oil paintings he quickly developed a radical form of "social realist" painting, combining the campaigning subject matter of contemporary journalism and novelists such as Dickens - the urban poor and the effects of industrialization - with the scale and rhetoric of traditional history painting.

This drawing is one of 265 works acquired by the museum through descent from the artist (museum numbers E.451-715-2003). The V&A is the principal repository of Fildes's drawings, having received major gifts in 1971, 1977 and 1987. The bequest of 1971 (E.580-981-1971) was from the son of the artist, Sir Paul Fildes, O.B.E., F.R.S. Sir Paul had compiled a Catalogue raisonné of the published reproductions of Luke Fildes's drawings, revised in 1965, but which remained unpublished; a typescript of this is in the National Art Library (formerly E.981-1971, now L.5859-1975, pressmark 86.W.71). This provided much information about the works which made up the gift. The bequest of 1977 was from Mrs Kitty Whittaker-Ellis, daughter of the artist (E.1704-1804-1977), and that of 1987 came via another daughter, Mrs Cedric Ripley, (E.65-142-1987). The 2003 gift similarly descended from the family and ranges from slight sketches, to worked up designs, probably for Fildes's published illustrative works.

Physical description

Oil on canvas study of a man in a top hat and apron

Place of Origin

Great Britain, Uk (made)

Date

ca. 1860-1927 (painted)

Artist/maker

Fildes, Luke (Sir, KB, KCVO, RA), born 1844 - died 1927 (probably, artist)

Materials and Techniques

Oil on canvas

Marks and inscriptions

'P.K.E'

Dimensions

Height: 326 mm, Width: 404 mm

Object history note

Presented by Mrs Pamela Myers through The Art Fund, 2003.

Descriptive line

Oil on canvas study of a man in a top hat and apron, attributed to Luke Fildes (1844-1927), Great Britain, ca. 1860-1927.

Materials

Canvas; Oil paint

Techniques

Oil painting

Subjects depicted

Man; Apron; Top hat

Categories

Paintings

Collection code

PDP

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