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This is one of the earliest known paintings by Gwen John and was executed in around 1896 when she was only 20 years old. The older of the two girls in the picture is Winifred John, Gwen’s younger sister and the subject of two further portraits in the museum’s collection. Gwen had left Tenby for the Slade School of Fine Art in 1895, returning to Tenby briefly at the end of this year. It is probable then that the picture was painted whilst she was at the Slade, possibly from her visit to Tenby at this time.
oil on board
46 x 57 cm
purchased with the assistance of the Victoria and Albert Museum Purchase Grant Fund, 1996
Tenby Museum & Art Gallery
Castle Hill, Tenby, Pembrokeshire (Sir Benfro) SA70 7BP WalesView venue
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