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.
Portrait of John Collier (1850-1934) 'An Artist at Work' by Marion Collier, c. 18821883
© National Portrait Gallery
- 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.