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The Violinist

Photo credit: Russell-Cotes Art Gallery & Museum

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The artist, who went by the name Irlam, was trained first in Bournemouth and then went on to South Kensington, and also studied in France and the British Royal Academy. Due to childhood measles, Emma was partially deaf and used an ear trumpet when conversing.

This painting was originally titled 'My Sister Agnes' and exhibited in the British Royal Academy's summer exhibition of 1891. Irlam Briggs painted many of her family members, including her other sister Ada. The sitter in this painting is the artist's sister Agnes Briggs. Agnes was a very talented amateur musician who sometimes gave public concerts.

Russell-Cotes Art Gallery & Museum



exhibited 1891


oil on canvas


H 151 x W 113 cm

Accession number

BORGM 00361

Acquisition method

gift from the artist, 1937

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