[Butler, Samuel] 1835-1902 :[Self portrait. 1866?]

[Butler, Samuel] 1835-1902 :[Self portrait. 1866?]

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1868 - 1875
Butler, Samuel, 1835-1902; Moorhouse, William Sefton, 1825-1881; Ferguson, William Dubois, 1891-1959

Head and shoulders three-quarters face portrait of author and artist Samuel Butler, with a landscape background

Reproduced on a greetings card by the Library, 1997.

Another self-portrait (with severely cracked surface) is held by McDougall Art Gallery, Christchurch. The date August 1873 was discovered on this portrait during cleaning in 1985. It appears to show a somewhat older man than this Library's portrait. (The Library has a photographic copy of this portrait, neg 112264 1/2)

A third self-portrait held by Chapin Library, Williams College, Williamstown, Massachussets, U.S.A. is dated 1866. (neg 21437 1/2). It is very similar in style to this Library's portrait, although it has a brown background as opposed to the sky and sketched in landscape. The subject also appears to be much the same age in both portraits. Another oil by Butler 'Two heads after Bellini' (held by St John's College, Cambridge) was painted in 1866 and has stylistic similarities to the Library's self-portrait, with a sky and landscape background beyond the heads. The similarities to these two works in other collections suggest that the Library's Butler self-portrait may also date from 1866. 'Two heads after Bellini' is reproduced in Shaffer, Elinor. 'Erewhons of the Eye : Samuel Butler as painter, photographer & art critic'. (London, Reaktion Books, 1988), p. 47.

Quantity: 1 oil(s).

Physical Description: Oil painting on cardboard 300 x 250 mm

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1 oil(s), Works of art, Oil paintings, Self-portraits, Oil painting on cardboard 300 x 250 mm, Orientation: Vertical image
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