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.

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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