Frederick Brown, N.E.A.C. (1851-1941)
Little Miss Prim
signed and dated "(18)86"
inscribed with title to the reverse
oil on canvas
21 x 15 ½ inches
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A charming and delicate portrait of a young beauty, showing the clear influence of Jules Bastien-Lepage whose work Brown would have encountered whilst studying at the Académie Julian, Paris in 1883.
Professor Frederick Brown had a significant influence on artistic training and thinking in the late 19th/early 20th century. He was a founder member of the New English Art Club (N.E.A.C.) in 1886 and was the driving force behind its campaign against the conservatism of the Royal Academy at the time. He taught at the Westminster School of Art from 1877-1892 before becoming the Slade Professor, London from 1892-1917. During his tenure he encouraged an emphasis on drawing and the expression of individuality. He recruited a talented group of artist tutors to the Slade including, Henry Tonks, Philip Wilson Steer and Ambrose McEvoy. His work is in several public collections, most notably his self-portrait in the Tate collection.