The Promenade, circa 1895
Framed (ref: 583)
Labelled ‘no 689’ on the reverse
Oil on panel, 8 1/2 x 5 in. (21.5 x 12.7 cm.)
Provenance: Peter Cochran;The Fine Art Society
Exhibited: Arthur Studd, Alpine Club Gallery, London, June 1911
A portrait of the same sitter, entitled The Mauve Hat, is in the Tate Collection (T03644). As the sitter was originally identified as Mrs Studd, the Tate painting was assumed to be a portrait of the artist’s wife. However, given that Studd remained a bachelor throughout his life, it is likely that this is the artist’s mother.
After meeting Whistler in Paris in 1892, Studd worked with him in 1894 and
1895 in London, where they were neighbours in Chelsea for some ears.The
style of this panel, which is related to three other views of Venice by Studd on similar sized panels (Tate), is indebted to Whistler’s paintings of beaches and seascapes. Studd was also a collector, and he bequeathed three major works by Whistler to the National Gallery, London (now in the Tate Collection): Symphony in White, No. 2: The Little White Girl; The Fire Wheel; and Nocturne: Blue and Silver – Cremorne Lights).
Studd held one man shows during his lifetime at the Goupil Gallery in 1896, The Baillie Gallery in 1906, The Alpine Club Gallery, London in 1911 and The City Museum of St. Louis, USA in 1910. Exhibited at the New English Arts Club.
A biography of this important British painter and collector, whose story remains to be told, is being prepared by Dr Prue Ahrens University of Queensland.