The Student

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Portrait of Dorelia McNeill, (later to become Mrs Augustus John), standing in a plain wallpapered interior before a table, her right hand gripping the back of a wooden chair at her side. She wears a simple long-sleeved dress of a pale fabric with a dark check. It has a round collar, small buttons to the waist, and a dark waist tie.Two large, slightly dog-eared books sit on the table edge. The title of the top volume is visibly 'La Russie'. She holds a third book loosely in her left hand at her side. A black garment lies on the table top next to the books. The warm light, falling from the right, casts a large shadow against the wall behind her.

Manchester Art Gallery



The Student




oil on canvas


H 56.1 x W 33.1 cm

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gift from Charles Lambert Rutherston, 1925

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