Philip Wilson Steer
Philip Wilson Steer
by Walter 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
Sitterback to top
- Philip Wilson Steer (1860-1942), Painter. Sitter in 14 portraits, Artist of 3 portraits.
Artistback to top
- Walter Richard Sickert (1860-1942), Painter. Artist associated with 10 portraits, Sitter associated with 21 portraits.
This portraitback to top
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.
Linked publicationsback to top
- Saywell, David; Simon, Jacob, Complete Illustrated Catalogue, 2004, p. 585
Events of 1890back to top
Current affairsWilliam Booth, founder of the Salvation Army, publishes In Darkest England, in which he compares the supposedly 'civilised' England with 'Darkest Africa'. A critique of the degenerate state of society, Booth also proposed social welfare schemes to alleviate the sufferings of the urban poor.
The world's first electric underground railway opens to the public in London, passing under the Thames and linking the City of London and Stockwell.
Art and scienceWilliam Morris founds the Kelmscott Press, a revival of art and craft techniques of book printing. Publications included The Works of Geoffrey Chaucer (1896), with decorative designs and typeface by Morris and illustrations by Edward Burne-Jones.
Vincent Van Gogh dies after shooting himself in the chest in Auvers-sur-Oise, France.
Oscar Wilde's The Picture of Dorian Gray first appears in Lippincott's Monthly Magazine .
InternationalCecil Rhodes, organiser of the diamond-mining De Beers Consolidated Mines, becomes premier of Cape Colony as part of his expansionist aims in South Africa.
In Germany, Kaiser Wilhelm II dismisses Otto von Bismarck.
An international anti-slavery conference is held in Brussels, leading to the signing of a treaty by all the major maritime nations covering action to be taken against the trade in Africa and suppression of it by sea.