Oil on panel; signed, inscribed 'op. 33' and dated 1906
9 x 7 inches
Jan Herman van Heek, Doetichem
New Gallery, 1906
Campbell Taylor was described by The Daily Herald in 1931, the year he was elected Royal Academician, as ‘the most subtle of all painters — the Chopin of the brush’. His early panels, often small and evocative, were painted ‘with the care and beauty of a Flemish master’ (Manchester Courier, 1905). This picture, June Roses, was noticed by several critics when it was exhibited in the New Gallery in 1906: ‘As we look’, wrote the critic of Windsor Magazine, ‘the ghosts of old emotions, the echoes of old loves rise before our eyes and sound within our ears’; ‘a charming little study’ (Morning Post), ‘of quite amazing delicacy’ (The Graphic). The model is very like the girl in the foreground of Tate’s The Rehearsal (1907), who was the daughter of a Surrey farmer. June Roses was bought from the New Gallery by a Dutch collector.