Portrait of an Actress by Daniel Gardner

Gardner was Reynolds' assistant for a short period and his style clearly owes much to this contact.

Details

Medium:
Gouache
Dimensions:
82 x 50 cm
Art Fund grant:
£3,962 ( Total: £15,850)
Acquired in:
1980
Vendor:
Leger Galleries

Towards the end of his life he befriended the young John Constable, whose portrait he painted. This picture is a good example of Gardner's attractive and idiosyncratic style. It depicts a woman in a landscape holding a mask of Comedy. Gardner was no great draughtsman (note the right arm), but had a strong sense of feminine grace and a nice feeling for landscape - no doubt something that drew him to Constable. He preferred to work boldly in gouache, often combined with pastel rather than oil, and most of his portraits are on a reduced scale. Many, including this one, have a characteristic type of frame which he seems to have designed himself.

Provenance

Sir Geoffrey Codrington, 1978

Venue details

Abbot Hall Art Gallery Abbot Hall, KENDAL Cumbria LA9 5AL 01539 722464 www.abbothall.org.uk

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