About this artwork

The artist John Phillip went to Spain in 1851 for the sake of his health. There he not only recovered, but found a new source of inspiration in Spanish life and art. This view of his London studio - one of a series Ballantyne made depicting his contemporaries at work - makes clear why the artist became known as 'Spanish Phillip'. Studio props of onions, pots and a melon are piled on a table and Phillip is preparing his palette in readiness for returning to the canvas on his easel - 'Spanish Contrabandistas' - a painting of 1858. On the back wall is his copy of part of Las Meninas by Velásquez

  • title:
    John Phillip, 1817 - 1867. Artist (In his studio)
  • accession number:
    PG 626
  • artist:
    John BallantyneScottish (1815 - 1897)
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  • materials:
    Oil on canvas
  • date created:
    About 1864
  • measurements:
    71.10 x 92.10 cm
  • credit line:
    Purchased 1903
  • photographer:
    Antonia Reeve

John Ballantyne

John Ballantyne