Only an Orange Girl
Edward Patry RBA (London 1856 - 1940)
Lord Armstrong had a taste for sentimental pictures of young children. The young girl in this painting is posing as a poor street urchin and wears a forlorn expression, a dirty blouse and ragged skirt. Her shiny hair, clean face and flushed cheeks are clear indicators, however, that it is all a game. Only an Orange Girl is comparable with the pictures of young children that were painted by Sir John Everett Millais during this period and in fact, despite evidence to the contrary, it was once thought to be by Millais himself.
Oil painting on canvas, Only an Orange Girl by Edward Patry RBA (London 1856 - 1940), monogrammed and dated, bottom left: E P 1885. A three-quarter-length picture of a young girl wearing a straw hat with a peacock's feather, a torn white blouse and blue skirt, carrying a basket of oranges.
Armstrong collection; transferred by the Treasury to The National Trust in 1977 via the National Land Fund, aided by 3rd Baron Armstrong of Bamburgh and Cragside (1919 - 1987).
Cragside, The Armstrong Collection (acquired through the National Land Fund and transferred to the National Trust in 1977)
Marks and inscriptions
Bottom left: E P [in a monogram] 1885
Makers and roles
Edward Patry RBA (London 1856 - 1940), artist previously catalogued as attributed to Sir John Everett Millais RA (Southampton 1829- London 1896), artist