A Chiffonier (1868)

Medium: oil

Exhibited: Royal Academy, 1868

This painting was the only one of Eyre Crowe’s paintings exhibited at the Royal Academy in the 1860s not to be mentioned in reviews in the Art Journal, Athenaeum, The Times or the Illustrated London News. The attention of the critics was drawn to his other exhibited work, Mary Stuart, suggesting that A Chiffonier was far inferior and of little interest.

The painting was chosen by a lady of the name of Moses, who had won the £40 prize in the Art Union lottery of 1868, according to a letter from Crowe to his brother Joseph (University of Wales, Bangor: Garthewin Additional collection, 1623).

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