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Portrait of a Young Girl

Date made: 1892

Artist: Morrison, Robert Edward

Description: Portrait of Mary Pelham who was aged about 6 years old when the portrait was painted. Her father was the artist James Pelham, art master at the Merchant Taylor’s School for Girls, Great Crosby, and said to have been a personal friend of Robert Edward Morrison. The painting was donated to the Manx Museum by Miss C.G. Roberts, a school friend of Mary Pelham.

Artist Robert Edward Morrison (1851-1924), was born in Peel and originally trained as a house painter. He was given his first art lesson by leading Manx artist John Miller Nicholson. At the age of 21 he became a student at the Liverpool School of Art and went on to study in Paris. He returned to Liverpool in the 1870s as a full-time artist specialising in portrait painting. He started exhibiting at the Royal Academy in 1884. Morrison painted many of the dignitaries of Liverpool, Lancashire and the Isle of Man, including the Lord Mayor of Liverpool and the Manx novelist Hall Caine. On his return visits to the Isle of Man he often painted landscapes though it is as a sympathetic portrait painter he will be remembered, producing sensitive and pleasing portraits of his sitters that at the time ensured his popularity and success.

Measurements: overall: 38 cm x 31 cm;artwork: 37.5 cm x 30.5 cm

Materials: Watercolour on paper

Object name: painting

Collection: Art Collection

ID number: 1969-0075

Subject tags : #MM100ARTOFPEOPLE


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