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William Tom Warrener was the son of a wealthy Lincoln coal merchant. He studied at Lincoln School of Art and moved to Paris, where he met the leading Impressionist painter Toulouse-Lautrec in 1890 and got to know him well. Both artists often chose their subjects from the dance-halls. This unconventional painting is of a dance called the Quadrille, a revival of the cancan, which was often performed at the Moulin Rouge, just a short distance from Warrener’s apartment in Montmartre. Warrener himself appears in Lautrec’s 'L'Anglais au Moulin Rouge' and 'Jane Avril Dancing'. With the death of his father and brother, Warrener returned home from Paris to look after the coal merchant business that had originally allowed him the freedom to pursue art.
oil on canvas
H 46 x W 55 cm
purchased from Mrs Edna Hoult, 1993