Marjorie as a Young Girl

T ALFRED WEST (1864-1947)

Marjorie as a Young Girl

c. 1912 England

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Oil painting on Canvas laid on Board. Studio portrait inscribed to the reverse, Marjorie, daughter of the artist. It is recorded that a picture described thus was exhibited at the Liverpool Gallery (now The Walker) at the autumn exhibition in 1912 when she was four years old and the painting was priced at 15 guineas. The artist’s address at that time was Radcliffe Buildings, 37 Moorlands, Liverpool. Signed T.Alfred West fl.1890-1935
Height 19” (48cm) Width 17” (43cm)
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T. ALFRED WEST (1864-1947)

Born in 1864 in Manchester, one of ten children and the son of an upholsterer, Thomas Alfred West was to spend most of his life living and working in Liverpool, studying his art in both the Manchester and Liverpool Schools of Art. He also studied sculpture and modelling in London under the renowned French sculptor and medallist, Edouard Lanteri, who came to England to teach in the South Kensington Arts School, becoming the college’s first Professor of Modelling in 1900.

At the age of 16, West began working as a Lithographic artist, skilfully making authorised copies for the creation of prints of contemporary artists, and, as he became more accomplished, went on to win various awards and prizes for his own work, especially the Queen’s Prize for Drawing and Painting as well as numerous National Book prizes.

Becoming highly acclaimed in his field, he was to paint many eminent and high-ranking members of the clergy, politics, industry and the community, notably Sir James Sexton M.P., the Archbishop of Liverpool, Dr Downey, the Bishop of Barbados, Rev D. Bentley and the socialist, Ben Tillett. He exhibited at the Royal Academy, The Royal Institute of Painters in Oil and The Royal Cambrian Academy, as well as leading provincial art galleries such as Liverpool (now the Walker) and Manchester.

His wife, Elizabeth Byass (b.1867) and her sister, Rosa (b. 1878) – a subject of at least one of his paintings – were the daughters of a wealthy Yorkshire farmer/landowner. T. Alfred West and Elizabeth had one child, a daughter, Margaret, born in 1906. Affectionately called Peggy, she is presented in at least one of our paintings, as is one of his nieces, Marjorie West.

T. Alfred West’s ability with the brush to reproduce personality and mood is remarkable. He was able to capture as much the essence of hauteur, eminence and sophistication, as the innocence of childhood and allure of womanhood. His style changes to suit the sitter and his or her characteristics; precision for the austere and distinguished, larger, sweeping brush strokes for the relaxed and more rakish, and subtle use of colour and warmth for the women and children. His subjects rarely smile but radiate their personality through West’s skilful presentation of their eyes and demeanour.
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