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The Blue Dress: PD.184-1975

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Current Location: In storage


The Blue Dress
Translated as: My soft heart is always liable to injury by light weapons / And the perpetual reason is that I am always in love
Molle meum levibus cor est violabile telis / Et semper causa est cur ego semper amem


Painter: Steer, Philip Wilson




History note: F.H. Hoare; with Lockett Thomson, Barbizon House, London, 1937; G. John Scaramanga; bequeathed by G. John Scaramanga to his widow, 1972

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Bequeathed (1975) by Scaramanga, G. John, Mrs


Production date: AD 1892 : Though dated 1892, the picture appears to have been started in 1891.


The sitter was a well-known model named Rose Pettigrew, much employed by Steer.

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Materials used in production

Oil paint

Components of the work

Support composed of canvas
Frame Depth 8.5 cm Height 109.5 cm Width 89.5 cm
Canvas Height 91.5 cm Width 70.5 cm

Techniques used in production

Painting (image-making) : Oil on canvas

Inscription or legends present

  • Text: P W Steer
  • Location: Upper left
  • Type: Signature
  • Text: 92
  • Location: Upper left
  • Type: Date
  • Text: Arts Council, Wilson Steer exhibition
  • Location: Verso
  • Method of creation: Printed
  • Type: Label
  • Text: Barbizon House
  • Location: Verso
  • Method of creation: Printed
  • Type: Label

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Identification numbers

Accession number: PD.184-1975
Primary reference Number: 3955
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Monday 3 August 2020 Last processed: Tuesday 13 June 2023

Associated departments & institutions

Owner or interested party: The Fitzwilliam Museum
Associated department: Paintings, Drawings and Prints

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