Thomas Matthews Rooke, R.W.S. (1842-1942)
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Thomas Matthews Rooke, R.W.S. (1842-1942)

Studies of a female figure, full-length, with drapery

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Thomas Matthews Rooke, R.W.S. (1842-1942)
Studies of a female figure, full-length, with drapery
inscribed 'Narrow ... at neck as below' (upper left, slightly overmounted)
pencil and coloured chalks
17 3/8 x 11 in. (44.1 x 28 cm.)
Provenance
From a collection of drawings discovered at the artist's house in Bedford Park, London.
with Hartnoll and Eyre, London, 1972.
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Lot Essay

T.M. Rooke has several claims to fame: as Burne-Jones's longest serving and most loyal studio assistant; as an artist in his own right and a versatile contributor to the Arts and Crafts movement; as a pillar of the trend-setting community that colonised Bedford Park, the garden suburb in Chiswick that was built by Norman Shaw in the 'Queen Anne' style in the 1870s; and as a man of exceptional longevity, dying just short of his hundredth birthday.

As an artist, Rooke has two distinct styles. Inspired by Burne-Jones, he painted figure subjects, often illustrating the Old Testament although he sometimes favoured Symbolist and Aesthetic themes. He was also a prolific and objective topographical draughtsman, in which capacity he was much employed by Ruskin.

The present study clearly relates to his figure subjects, although it remains to be identified with a particular work.
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