Physical Object Description:Not inscribed
Dimensions:196 x 98.2 cm
Credit:Presented by the Contemporary Art Society, 1917
Scheme:Historic Purchase by Committee
Ownership history:International Society of Sculptors, Painters and Gravers, New Gallery, Regent Street, London, February-March 1909; purchased by Dr C. Bakker, March 1909 (for £60); from whom purchased by the Contemporary Art Society, 1910 (for £225); presented to the Tate Gallery, 1917
Relationship:C. Bakker International Society of Sculptors, Painters and Gravers New Gallery, London Tate, London, Liverpool and St Ives
Reviewers compared John's ‘Woman Smiling’ picture to works by Van Dyck and Manet and until then he had been better known as a draughtsman but Roger Fry, a co-founder and co-editor of The Burlington Magazine, as well as co-founder of the CAS the following year, wrote: ‘Here at last Mr John has “arrived” in painting as definitely as he has long ago done in his drawings.’ Fry also called it a ‘gypsy Gioconda‘, referring to Leonardo’s Mona Lisa. Dorelia had designed her own dress with high waist and long skirt setting a fashion for bohemian costume.
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