Samuel John Peploe, R.S.A. (1871-1935)
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Samuel John Peploe, R.S.A. (1871-1935)

Portrait of Jeanie Blyth

Details
Samuel John Peploe, R.S.A. (1871-1935)
Portrait of Jeanie Blyth
signed 'Peploe' (lower left)
oil on canvas
16 x 12¾ in. (40.5 x 32.5 cm.)
Painted circa 1903
Provenance
with Lefevre Gallery, London.
W.R. Tattersall, Dundee.
Exhibited
Glasgow, Royal Scottish Academy, McLellan Galleries, S.J. Peploe Memorial Exhibition, February 1937, no. 79.
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Lot Essay

The use of a dark background and the evident influence of Dutch masters such as Franz Hals and Rembrandt is typical of Peploe'e early work. The sitter has been plausibly identified as Jeanie Blyth, a gypsy who frequently modelled for Peploe from the age of fifteen or sixteen until she married at the turn of the century. According to Stanley Cursiter, 'Jeanie Blyth was a wonderful model, her dark hair and rich colour and complete lack of self-consciousness allowed Peploe to paint many pictures, and these smiling or laughing heads are among the finest of his early works' (see S. Cursiter, Peploe, Edinburgh, 1947, p.8).
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