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A Reverie


Date:1873  
Medium:oil?  
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Subject:portrait, female  
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Sitter:Maria M Goode, later Mrs Marie Cockell  
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History

Exhibited:Suffolk St Gallery (1), 1873  
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Alternative Title:Maria (a reverie)  
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Bibliography

Reviews:Jopling PC bk1, 1873, 2363.jpg;1873, 2367.jpg  
Jopling 1925 Quote:  
Other Quotations:'MRS ROMER AS A PORTRAIT PAINTER. We are indebted to a piece of considerate courtesy on the part of the artist, in having on view at present a portrait-picture by Mrs Louise Romer (niece of Mr H. P. Goode), who is just now staying at Saunderfoot, and whose family is so highly esteemed in these parts. A we have the pleasure of knowing the lady's sister, from whom it has been painted, we can vouch for the fidelity of the likeness. But quite apart from its being a most excellent portrait, it is so charming a picture, that, call it "a Reverie" - "Faces in the Fire" - what you will, it would be equally attractive to the strange beholder. The perfect drawing, quiet action, sobriety of colour, and the total absence of mechanism in the work, show that the lady has been educated in the Belgium or French school. There is not a trace of that horrid smoothness of execution and vulgarity of tint, which unfortunately, too frequently distinguish modern English figure subjects. With the exception of Millais and Watts, perhaps, we hardly remember any living painter's work at once so simple so strong, while, in addition there is an exquisite refinement, which men's work do not always possess, and a feminine grace only to be imparted by a tender, loving hand. The sex of the artist has doubtless, much to do with this, for an actual portion of the producer is imparted to all really good work, and it is the saturation of this soul, in a greater or less degree, which causes the indescribable enjoyment ever experienced in looking at works of art, in contra-distinction to works of mechanism. The only value of a photograph is its resemblance to some loved one, but who cares - indeed who knows - from whom Gainsborough painted his "Blue Boy," or Sir Joshua Reynolds his "Chapean de Paille[?]" Gazing at this picture, who would not wish his wife or sister so translated? For, unlike the distinguished contemporary artists above-named, whose works are quite beyond the reach of most, the modesty of the price of Mrs Romer's portraits is only to be accounted for by the extreme humility of the lady' (PC bk 1, August 1873, 2363.jpg) 'Mrs Romer is represented by several charming works, among which we note "A Reverie" (1) and "La Pensee" (PC bk1, 1873, 2367.jpg)  
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