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Philip Wilson Steer

2 of 15 portraits on display in Room 29 at the National Portrait Gallery

Philip Wilson Steer, by Walter Richard Sickert, circa 1890 - NPG 3116 - © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Philip Wilson Steer

by Walter Richard Sickert
oil on canvas, circa 1890
35 1/2 in. x 23 1/2 in. (902 mm x 597 mm)
Bequeathed by Philip Wilson Steer, 1942
Primary Collection
NPG 3116

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Steer, who trained as a painter in Paris, was a founder-member of the New English Art Club in 1886, and a leading exponent of Impressionist landscape and figure painting in England. He taught at the Slade, (1893-1930), and his later work explored the landscape tradition of Turner and Constable. Steer and Sickert, closely associated as leading figures of the avant-garde, exhibited portraits of each other at the New English Art Club in 1890. This is one of the pair; that of Sickert is now lost. Steer sits in front of Sickert's full-length Portrait of Miss Fancourt which is also lost.

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