William Strang (1859-1921):
The Green Cloak, Portrait of the actress Miss Barbara Horder, 1918
Framed (ref: 6633)
Oil on canvas
Exhibited: London, The Royal Academy Summer Exhibition 1920 (72).
In a period gilded reeded oak frame with black outer moulding.
C.R. Ashbee, who sat for Strang, recalled that:....in each of his portraits there is some touch of his sitters' ugliness revealed in the beauty of the draughtsmanship....those of us who ...have sat for our portraits and prize the results....are also grimly conscious of an unpleasant something in ourselves that we don't mention but that our love of truthfulness would not have us conceal...they have the quality of Dr Johnson, they are lexicographical (CR Ashbee, unpublished typescript of memories, Victoria and Albet Museum, vol IV, p. 71, quoted in Athill, William Strang, 1981, p 22)
Strang often animated his portraits with striking and unusual colour combinations. The same red background is used to great effect in his portrait of Panchita Zorolla, (Manchester City Art Gallery,1916).