Image
On loan from Tate: Presented by Mrs R.M. Dunlop 1927, © 2000 Tate

The sitters are the artist's wife and his eldest daughter, Elise, born in 1878. Only the barest indication of a setting is given, such as the chairs and vase of flowers. This work is painted in the artist's characteristic style, with the figures emerging out of a shadowy atmosphere. Although the painting is a family portrait, the subject of winding wool may also symbolise the ties between a mother and daughter.

Key facts

Artist
Artist dates
1849 - 1906
Full title
Winding Wool
Date made
1887
Medium and support
Oil on canvas
Dimensions
59.7 x 73.3 cm
Inscription summary
Signed
Acquisition credit
On loan from Tate: Presented by Mrs R.M. Dunlop 1927
Inventory number
L692
Location in Gallery