A Girl’s Head

A Girl’s Head, 1875
Charles Sillem Lidderdale (1830-1895)
Oil on canvas
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Image © Russell-Cotes Art Gallery and Museum

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A Girl’s Head

Charles Sillem Lidderdale was a British artist, known for his portraits and genre scenes. He studied at the Royal Academy Schools in London, where he developed an appreciation of classical painting techniques. Lidderdale gained recognition for his ability to capture the details of his subjects, particularly in his portraiture. His works often featured Victorian women in elegant attire, reflecting the fashion and sensibilities of his era.

His artistry extended beyond portraiture, as he also delved into genre scenes, often portraying domestic and social life. Lidderdale exhibited 36 paintings at the Royal Academy between 1856 and 1893. He painted in watercolour as well as oils, but eyesight problems curtailed his watercolour painting, which required a more exacting eye than oils.

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