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Colin Gill:
Allegory, 1920-1921

Framed (ref: 186)
Signed and dated

Oil on canvas 

46 x 90 in. (117 x 228.5 cm)

Tags: allegory British School of Rome Modern British Art at Mercers' Hall PORTRAIT OF AN ARTIST True to Life catalogue



Provenance: The British School at Rome, 1987; Sotheby's 11.11.87, lot 60

Exhibited: The Last Romantics, Barbican, 1989 (462); Tate Britain, 1995, as part of New Displays

Literature: Studio 84, 1922, p. 828;  The Last Romantics, Barbican, 1989  
British and Italian Art, Royal Albert Memorial Museum, Exeter, 1996, cat. 14; 
Patrick Elliot & Sacha Llewellyn; True to Life, British Realist Painting in the 1920s & 1930s, July 2017, ISBN 978 1 911054 05 4, Cat. 41, page 86 and page 87.



Colin Gill was the first artist to win a scholarship to The British School at Rome and Allegory was the major painting produced during his stay at the school. Allegory includes portraits of Gills fellow Rome Scholars, the engraver Job Nixon, the Sculptor Alfred Hardiman (and his wife) and the Rome Scholar in Painting Winifred Knights. Knights - the first woman to win a scholarship to the British School at Rome.  Knights arrived just as Gill was completing the canvas, at the end of 1920.  The two fell in love (love Sonnets by Gill include the line ' You hold my heart like a bird in a cage' ) and Gill painted Knights striking portrait over a Calvary.


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