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Later Victorian Portraits Catalogue

Sir George Clausen (1852-1944), Painter

Self-portraits
By other artists
Photographs

Self-portraitsback to top



c.1878
Oil on canvas, 381 x 254mm, head-and-shoulders, to front; family coll.

c.1881–2
Pencil drawing, 105 x 174mm, head, profile to right, looking down; RA, London, 06/777.

1882
Oil on canvas, 311 x 213mm, signed and dated top left and right, half-length, half-profile to left, with dark brown hair, balding, light brown beard, brown jacket, white collar and cuff, holding paintbrush; RA, London, 03/878.

early to mid-1880s
Oil on canvas, 483 x 389mm, unfinished, head-and-shoulders to left, wearing white shirt and yellow cravat; RA, London, 06/3431 (where described as a study).

1895
Pen and ink drawing; see NPG 3041.

c.1895
Etching, 127 x 101mm, head-and-shoulders to front; one impression BM, London, 1907,0415.4.

1899
Oil on panel, 305 x 205mm, signed and dated lower left, inscr. on verso with date given to first owner, 25 Jan. 1899, half-length, half-profile to right, holding paintbrush; coll. R.G. Bainbridge, 1980. Repr. McConkey 1980, no.88.

1903
Oil on canvas, 477 x 357mm, signed and dated bottom right, head, near-profile to left, wearing a hat; untraced. Exh. RSPP 1960 (15); sold Christie’s, 11 July 1974 (247) to FAS, London.

1908
Charcoal, 275 x 225mm, signed and dated ‘G.C. Jany 1908’, head-and-shoulders slightly to right, wearing wire spectacles, cigarette in mouth; BM, London, 1947,0412.130. Exh. Royal Academy Draughtsmen 1769–1969, BM, London, 1969 (15).

c.1910
Oil on canvas, half-length, profile to left, with spectacles, wearing smock over dark jacket, white shirt, black tie, holding paintbrush and palette with colours used in the present work; coll. AWG, London. Exh. RSPP 1926 (181); repr. The Times, 13 Nov. 1926; and Massé 1935, pl.7.

1918
Oil on canvas, 629 x 511mm, signed and dated top right, half-length, looking right, wearing spectacles, dun-coloured jacket and waistcoat, white shirt, blue tie, holding paintbrush; Fitzwilliam M., Cambridge, 923. Ref. Goodison 1978, no.923.

1920
Oil on canvas, 610 x 510mm, signed and dated top right, half-length, at easel leaning to left, wearing smock over jacket and tie; family coll.; offered to NPG 1990. Repr. [Hussey] 1923, frontispiece; and McConkey 1980, no.144. Clausen subsequently altered the painting, adding a half-seen canvas to the right side.

c.1920
Pencil drawing, 200 x 125mm, head-and-shoulders to left, looking down; coll. Prof. and Mrs K. McConkey, 2006. Our thanks to Professor McConkey for assistance with known portraits of Clausen.

1921
Pencil drawing, signed and dated lower right 29 Jun. 1921, head-and-shoulders; coll. Chris Beetles, 1988. Exh. Sir David Murray and His Times, Arts Club, London, 1988 (16).

before 1927
Oil on canvas, 290 x 210mm, signed ‘GC’, head-and-shoulders, cigarette in mouth, wearing blue shirt, stiff collar; Chelsea Arts Club, London, gift from artist 1927. Repr. Cross 1992, p.21.

By other artistsback to top


1882
Watercolour by Thomas Walter Wilson, The Members of the Institute [of Painters in Water-colour] Touching Day 1882, half-length, looking right, holding block, in group of 88 sitters; untraced. Probably exh. IPWC 1883 (342a); repr. Graphic, 28 Apr. 1883, p.422 (with key, Clausen no.49); and Christie’s, 9 May 1984, p.1.
See also Boughton, Crane, Gregory, Hayes, Herkomer, Hine, Lucas, Parsons, Tenniel, W. L. Thomas, J.W. Waterhouse.

publ. 1890
Engr. by unidentified artist after uncredited photograph, head-and-shoulders vignette to front, looking left, balding, bearded, wearing jacket, waistcoat and tie; repr. AJ, Oct. 1890, p.289 (where captioned ‘George Clausen, R.W.S.’); and The Year’s Art 1891, p.108.

publ. 1895
Pencil or chalk drawing by Theodore Blake Wirgman, ‘from life’, head-and-shoulders, moustache ends curled; untraced. Repr. Graphic, 2 Feb. 1895, p.118.

Engr. by unidentified artist after uncredited photograph, head-and-shoulders vignette to left, moustache ends curled, wearing jacket, waistcoat and tie with leaf pattern; repr. ‘Diary for January’, Review of Reviews 1895, vol.11, p.121; and ILN, 2 Feb. 1895, p.132 (where captioned ‘The New Associate of the RA’).

c.1908
Marble or plaster bust by Henry Pegram; untraced. Exh. RA 1908 (1867); repr. Cassell’s RA Pictures 1908, p.95.

exh. 1909
Portrait by Francis Dodd, medium unknown; untraced. Exh. RSPP 1909 (157). Although this work is untraced, the existence of the following items, ascribed to 1914, raises the possibility that it was in fact that exhibited in 1909.

1914
Two drypoint etchings by Francis Dodd:
(a) 347 x 259mm (plate), signed in plate ‘Dodd 1914. / G. Clausen’ (ref. Schwabe 1921, no.97, where described as first plate), almost whole-length to left, seated on a stool or steps at easel, right foot on step and right arm on knee, no cigarette; BM, London, 1949,0411.1115. Possibly the work exh. NEAC summer 1914 (15).
(b) 354 x 262mm (plate), 402 x 351mm (sheet) (ref. Schwabe 1921, no.98, where described as second plate), almost whole-length to right, seated on stool or steps in front of easel, left foot resting on step, left arm on knee, holding cigarette; impressions colls Christchurch AG, New Zealand, 74/49; and NPG D32125. Exh. Portrait of the Artist, Wolseley Fine Arts, London, 1999 (6, ill.); and The Artist as Portrait, FAS, London, 2000 (24); repr. Sotheby’s, 22 Oct. 1970 (40); Davids 2000, no.24; and Campbell Fine Art, summer 2004 (260).

before 1920
Drawing by J.H. Thomas, head, profile to right; untraced. Exh. Commemorative Exh. of Sculpture and Drawings by J. Havard Thomas, Beaux Arts Gallery, London, 1936.

1921
Etching by Ernest Lumsden, 302 x 252mm, half-length to front, seated at table with hands on book; untraced. Repr. Garton & Cooke spring cat. 1984, no.93.

1920s
Pencil thumbnail sketch, by Fred Roe, profile with several other sitters; Fred Roe Albums, NPG Archive, vol.II, ff.8-9.
See also S. Bancroft, Fildes

mid-1920s
Pen and ink drawing by Powys Evans, head slightly to left, wearing wire spectacles; untraced. Repr. Evans 1928, no.10.


Photographsback to top


c.1890
Photograph by unidentified photographer, half-length to right, wearing tweed cape over suit; repr. McConkey 1980, p.16.

before 1891
Photograph by unidentified photographer, head-and-shoulders slightly to left, facing front, wearing small bow tie; repr. The Year’s Art 1891, p.108.

1899
Carbon print, 227 x 315mm, by Fradelle & Young, in multi-figure group at a banquet in honour of Lawrence Alma-Tadema at the Whitehall Rooms, London, 4 Nov. 1899 (presence confirmed on sheet of over 100 signatures); NPG x19022. Repr. MA, 1900, p.137 (with signatures insert); and Swanson 1990, p.85.
See also Alma-Tadema, Boughton, Brock, Clausen, J. Collier, Crane, East, E.O. Ford, Frampton, Gregory, Hacker, Lucas, Parsons, Sant, Solomon, Spielmann, W.H. Thornycroft, J.W. Waterhouse, A. Webb.

c.1900
Photograph by unidentified photographer, half-length to right, cigarette in mouth, in studio holding palette and brushes; repr. McConkey 1980, p.56.

c.1905
Photograph by unidentified photographer, whole-length, sketching outdoors by clapboard building; repr. Gibbon 1905 (detail); and McConkey 1980, p.77 (full frame).

before 1908
Photograph by unidentified photographer, signed and dated by sitter ‘Novr. 1908’, half-length, half-profile to left, seated with hands clasped; coll. AWG, London.

Photograph by Elliott & Fry, head-and-shoulders, profile to left, wearing pale, loose-knotted long tie; repr. ILN, 1 Feb. 1908, p.154 (on sitter’s election to RA).

1910s
Silver gelatin print, 277 x 207mm, by unidentified photographer, head-and-shoulders to left, looking to front, wearing soft-crowned hat (see below, ‘before 1915’); RA, London, 05/801. Repr. Rosenblum, Stevens & Dumas 2000, p.378.

before 1915
Photograph by unidentified photographerr, 165 x108mm, signed and dated 1915 by the sitter bottom right, head-and-shoulders to front, wearing hat; NPG x6086. Repr. Warner 1997, p.220.

c.1920s
Photographs by unidentified photographer, three known poses:
(a) three-quarter-length, looking right, standing in studio, cigarette in mouth, wearing dark overall or academic gown, holding palette and brushes before landscape of tree and cottage; coll. K. McConkey. Repr. McConkey 1980, p.112 (uncaptioned).
(b), (c) two other poses from same session; coll. K. McConkey.

Photograph by unidentified photographer, half-length, profile to left, seated at tea table with two women, presumably his wife and daughter; repr. on Widdington Village website.

1929
Photograph by unidentified photographer, head-and-shoulders to front, white beard, wearing spectacles, smock over suit and tie; repr. McConkey 1980, p.99.

1930
Bromide print, 162 x 117mm, by Walter Stoneman, quarter-length to front, wearing suit and tie; NPG x166579.

Dr Jan Marsh