John Pettie

Photographer: Lock and Whitfield


Woodbury type

4½ x 3½ inches

From the Simon Cooke collection.

A remarkably studied portrait in which the sitter’s demeanour is surely intended to contradict conventional and stereotypical notions of what an artist ‘should look like’. Pettie projects an image of cantankerousness and amused contempt – in sharp opposition to portraits of Leighton and Rossetti as languid dreamers.

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  • John Pettie: an introduction
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