The Maas Gallery, 2013 - Penlee House Gallery
"This painting was purchased by Penlee House Gallery & Museum in 2013 with assistance from the Art Fund and the Friends of Penlee House. Since then it has become a firm favourite with our visitors and we have produced a range of bespoke products such as tote bags and magnets featuring this enigmatic portrait. Ruby was also part of our 'Penlee Inspired Online' challenge during lockdown, where we invited people to create their own interpretations based on works in our collections. Click here to see more.
This may be a portrait of Ruby Bone, a Newlyn girl, whose father worked at Penlee Quarry and who was aged four in the 1911 census. However, the title could quite easily be symbolic, referring to the girl's striking red hair, rosy cheeks and red cape. Gotch wrote that he painted this in Newlyn during the winter of 1908-9. Gotch painted another work of this title in 1909, which appears to show the same model as an older child."
- Katie Herbert, Curator, Penlee House Gallery & Museum