Portrait of Ethel Brignall as a mythological figure

by Ralph Peacock


DIMENSIONS: (unframed) 24.0 x 20.0 in./61.0 x 50.8 cm
SIGNATURE: Signed lower left
MEDIUM: Oil on canvas

Catalogue No: 5378 Categories: ,

Ethel Brignall was the younger sister of Ralph Peacock’s wife, Edith, and a favourite model of Peacock’s at the turn of the century. Peacock’s depiction of her at fourteen, Ethel, 1897 (Tate Britain) was one of the most popular pictures in the Tate gallery in the early 20th Century, and The Sisters, 1900, of Ethel and Edith also hangs in the Tate. In 1908 Ethel married Harold A. Titcomb, an American mining engineer.

Sir James Reynolds, Bt., and by descent;
Private Collection, United Kingdom

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Peacock attended the St John’s Wood Art School for a year, and then in 1887 was admitted to the Royal Academy Schools where his work became quickly admired. He won a gold medal from the Schools and travelled to the Mediterranean and Switzerland and began establishing himself as a successful portraitist, painting society ladies and their children. Peacock’s work can be found in the Tate Gallery, the National Portrait Gallery and the Musée d’Orsay.

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