Samuel J. PeploePortrait of a baby

Signed and dated 'July 1904' in pencil.


Willy Peploe (the artist's son). Thence by descent to the present owner.


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had his first commercial exhibition at Aitken Dott & Sons in Edinburgh in

early 1904 and had been encouraged to produce more works as the show had

sold out. He spent the summer painting landscapes in Normany with JD

Fergusson, where in July this work was produced. Looking around for

subject-matter, he seems to be drawn to portraiture at this time but not, per

se, to conventional beauty. As his grandson Guy Peploe puts it ‘The sitters for

his figure paintings are not chosen to make pretty pictures. A gawky boy, a

chubby baby, a tramp, all animated, challenged the artist’s skill’ (S.J Peploe, Mainstream Publishing,

London and Edinburgh, 2000, p. 23). 

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