Portrait of John Collier (1850-1934) 'An Artist at Work' by Marion Collier

The portrait depicts the late Victorian artist John Collier in the act of painting a portrait of his first wife, Marion Collier which closely resembles a portrait of Marion already in the collection.


Oil on canvas
127.1 x 101.4 cm
Art Fund grant:
£15,000 ( Total: £40,000)
Acquired in:
William Collier

This is a highly unusual experiment in portraiture as Marion is painting a portrait of her husband painting a portrait of her. It evokes the domestic ambience of a couple who were part of a distinctive artistic and intellectual milieu of the period.


John Collier; by descent to William Collier.

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National Portrait Gallery St Martin's Place, LONDON London WC2H 0HE 020 7306 0055 www.npg.org.uk

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