Large Original Oil on Canvas by Arthur Norris (1889-1962).
The sitter in this particular portrait is Mrs Michael Foxley-Norris, Arthurs nephew's wife and features a small Pomeranian dog. The canvas is unsigned but has a Royal Society of Portrait Painters label to the reverse detailing Arthurs name and address.
Son to Reverend William Foxley Norris K.C.V.O., Dean of Westminster, Arthur was a painter and teacher who after attending Lancing College studied at the Slade School of Fine Art under Henry Tonks, 1908-10. He went on to become art master at Repton School, Derbyshire.
Further investigation to the address on the Royal Society of Portrait Painters label details that number 7 Cromwell Place SW7 is recorded as being leased to the Pre-Raphaelite artist Millais on completion in 1861 until his death in 1888. The large ground floor studio at the rear of the house points to a trend for studio building in South Kensington. The buildings connection with the art world continued through its history and in 1943 the ground floor was rented by Francis Bacon and in 1993 the building was acquired by the Art Fund who occupied it until recently.
Overall Measurements: 74cm x 64cm
Picture: 60cm x 50cm
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