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Harold Gilman (1876-1919)

Sylvia Gosse

Gilman met Sickert in 1907 and joined him in founding the Fitzroy Street Group, which met weekly to show 'work of a modern character' to fellow artists and collectors. Gilman's early work had been influenced by Whistler, but discovering Van Gogh encouraged him to use brighter colours and thicker paint.

Sylvia Gosse was an artist in her own right but as a woman was excluded from membership of the Camden Town Group. She had trained at the Royal Academy Schools and studied etching with Sickert to whom she was a devoted life-long friend. This portrait shows Gilman's use of intense 'unnatural' colours but beautifully captures the light falling on his shy and pensive sitter.

Medium oil on canvas
Date 1912
Dimensions 670mm x 510mm
Acquisition Number SOTAG : 1389
Credit Line Purchased in 1950 through the Chipperfield Bequest Fund