- Extended catalogue entry
© National Portrait Gallery, London
by Sydney Prior Hall
Pencil and black chalk , 1895
9 in. x 7 7/8 in. (229 mm x 194 mm)
Inscriptionback to top
Inscr. lower right: ‘S.P.H’.
This portraitback to top
This is a study for NPG 4404, which shows Hacker taking a silhouette of Lawrence Alma-Tadema for the frieze on the wall of the St John’s Wood Arts Club room, after the inaugural supper on 30 January 1895. According to Marion Harry Spielmann, the ‘first act’ of the new club was to appoint a decorations committee, whose tasks included ‘a frieze bearing the shadow portraits of members’.
Sydney Prior Hall was a leading illustrative journalist who worked for the Graphic from its foundation in 1869 (see NPG D1393). The NPG collection contains over 140 portrait sketches by him of political, legal and artistic figures, plus two royal portrait groups.
The drawing was originally framed together with the studies of Tadema (NPG 4388) and John Collier (NPG 4390) by Hall. Now laid down, NPG 4389 is damaged along the edges and discoloured from a previous mount or frame.
Dr Jan Marsh
Footnotesback to top
1) See also Hall’s study of Alma-Tadema (NPG 4388); the finished drawing was published as a woodcut, Graphic, 23 Feb. 1895, p.212.
2) Graphic, 23 Feb. 1895, p.212.
Physical descriptionback to top
Head-and-shoulders, profile to left, seen from over left shoulder.
Provenanceback to top
St John's Wood Arts Club, from whom purchased 1964.
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