Portrait of a Lady in Black about 1921

On Display Modern Two

  • Scottish Art
The sitter in this painting is Bertha Hamilton Don-Wauchope (1864 - 1944), an Edinburgh model who posed regularly for Cadell from about 1911 to 1926. The distinctive mauve-coloured walls indicate that the portrait was painted in the artist's studio in Ainslie Place, Edinburgh, where the artist lived from 1920. After the First World War, Cadell abandoned his feathery impressionistic manner for this style, using bold colours and scarcely-visible brushstrokes. Cadell often included the names of colours in the titles of his paintings. This practice had been made popular by Whistler and became fashionable during the Edwardian period.

Glossary Open

Impressionism

An influential style of painting that originated in France in the 1870s with artists such as Claude Monet, Pierre-August Renoir and Alfred Sisley. They were interested in capturing the changing effects of light, frequently exploring this through landscape scenes painted in the open air.

Impressionism

Details

  • Acc. No. GMA 3350
  • Medium Oil on canvas
  • Size 76.30 x 63.50 cm (framed: 97.00 x 84.50 x 9.00 cm)
  • Credit Bequeathed by Mr and Mrs G.D. Robinson through the Art Fund 1988