Group associated with the New English Art Club
© National Portrait Gallery, London
Group associated with the New English Art Club
by Sir William Orpen
pencil, black chalk (or charcoal), pen, ink and watercolour, circa 1904
8 7/8 in. x 16 3/8 in. (225 mm x 415 mm) paper size
Artistback to top
- Sir William Orpen (1878-1931), Painter, Royal Academician. Artist or producer associated with 29 portraits, Sitter in 28 portraits.
Sittersback to top
- Frederick Brown (1851-1941), Painter and teacher. Sitter in 8 portraits. (In this portrait) Identify
- Charles Edward Conder (1868-1909), Painter. Sitter in 8 portraits, Artist or producer of 2 portraits. (In this portrait) Identify
- Augustus Edwin John (1878-1961), Painter. Sitter in 106 portraits, Artist or producer associated with 33 portraits. Identify
- Alphonse Legros (1837-1911), Painter, sculptor and etcher. Sitter in 30 portraits, Artist or producer associated with 10 portraits. (In this portrait) Identify
- Dugald Sutherland MacColl (1859-1948), Critic, painter and gallery director. Sitter associated with 7 portraits. Identify
- Auguste Rodin (1840-1917), Sculptor. Sitter in 11 portraits, Artist or producer of 1 portrait. Identify
- Sir William Rothenstein (1872-1945), Artist and teacher of art. Sitter in 24 portraits, Artist or producer associated with 222 portraits. Identify
- Philip Wilson Steer (1860-1942), Painter. Sitter in 14 portraits, Artist or producer of 3 portraits. Identify
- Henry Tonks (1862-1937), Painter, doctor and teacher. Sitter associated with 15 portraits, Artist or producer of 29 portraits. Identify
This portraitback to top
The New English Art Club was an exhibiting society founded in 1886 by a group of artists sympathetic to the French avant garde and as an alternative exhibition venue to the more conservative Royal Academy. Although its importance had diminished by the end of the first decade of the twentieth century, the NEAC played a crucial role in British art for over twenty years. Born in Ireland, Orpen came to London in 1897 to study at the Slade School of Fine Art whose staff dominated the NEAC.
He himself first exhibited at the NEAC in 1899 and in the following years became one of its most prominent members. Probably executed several decades later, Orpen's superb drawing is apparently a satire on the most influential artists, teachers and critics of his early years or, more generally, on the French influence on British art as taught at the Slade and exhibited at the NEAC. Alphonse Legros, Slade Professor of Fine Art from 1875 to 1892, is seen with the sculptor Rodin leading members of the English avant garde along a windy cliff top.
Linked publicationsback to top
- Saywell, David; Simon, Jacob, Complete Illustrated Catalogue, 2004, p. 730
Subjects & Themesback to top
Events of 1904back to top
Current affairsBritain and France sign the Entente Cordiale, an agreement which resolves a number of longstanding colonial disputes (including a Declaration respecting Egypt and Morocco), signalling growing anxiety about the risk of future German aggression. Although not militarily binding, the agreement, negotiated between French foreign minister Théophile Delcassé, and Lord Lansdowne, the British Foreign Secretary, establishes a diplomatic understanding between the two countries.
Art and scienceJ. M. Barrie's Peter Pan is first performed at the Duke of York's Theatre in London. Charting the fantastical adventures of Peter, 'the boy who never grew up', the Darling children and the villainous Captain Hook in Neverland, many adaptations have been made of the story.
The painter Gwen John settles in Paris, where she becomes the lover and model of the sculptor Auguste Rodin, modelling for his sculpture Muse.
InternationalJapan attacks the Russian Navy at Port Arthur, sparking the Russo-Japanese war. Hostility was prompted by the rival imperialist ambitions of the Russian and Japanese empires in Manchuria, North East China, and Korea, considered by Japan to be an essential buffer against colonisation by Western Powers. Japan wins a series of victories against Russia which transforms the balance of power in East Asia, and undermines the Tsar's rule in Russia.
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