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Thomas Cooper Gotch
Sketch for The Child in the World

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Thomas Cooper Gotch 1854 – 1931 Sketch for The Child in the World Ink and watercolour on paper, initialled lower left Image size: 9 x 7 inches Pre Raphaelite style frame Literature The Golden Dream by Pamela Lomax, P. 108 Provenance Mrs Deidre MacLellan, the artist's grand-daughter Thomas Cooper Gotch (1854-1931) was an original member of the Newlyn colony of artists, the group that made such an impact on the late Victorian art world in England. He was a close and life-long friend of Henry Scott Tuke and Stanhope Forbes. From the mid 1880s, he was a leading figure amongst the young artists who attempted to resist the hegemony of London’s Royal Academy of Art, being a founder member and secretary of the New English Art Club. After a trip to Florence in 1891, where he saw the paintings of Quattrocento artists such as Fra Angelico and Benozzo Gozzoli, Gotch's style changed quite dramatically. He abandoned the realism and monochromatic blues and greys of the Newlyn School for highly decorative allegorical subjects, vibrant colours and an attention to detail akin to that of the Pre-Raphaelites. Gotch was working on 'The Child in the World' in 1895 and different versions exist in oil, pencil and water-colour. It portrays his daughter, Phyllis, encircled by a huge dragon. The subject is a representation of innocence and experience. Gotch explained it as the child "standing alone and unafraid in the innermost, horridest home of the Dragon, called the World, who is powerless against her innocence". The oil version was exhibited at the New Gallery in 1895, being judged too radical for the Royal Academy. It received mixed reviews, for some critics thought the dragon more suited to pantomime than fear-inspiring. This irked Gotch who had spent a substantial amount of time researching the dragon in books on heraldry.

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  • Artist
    Thomas Cooper Gotch (1854 - 1931, English)
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  • Gallery Location
    London, GB
  • Reference Number
    LU5244311812
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