Sylvia Gosse 1881 – 1968
Riding in Hyde Park c.1928
Oil on canvas 20 × 16 inches (50.8 × 40.6 cm)
Wyndham T. Vint Collection.
Born into a prominent literary and artistic family, Gosse was the highest profile of the women artists associated with the Camden Town Group, although Sickert and Gore barred her from exhibiting with it on grounds of gender. Despite this, she remained devoted to Sickert until his death. After attending the Royal Academy Schools, she took classes at his art school, eventually running it on his behalf. She exhibited her paintings from 1911 onwards, with the London Group or in solo exhibitions. Her style is at times difficult to distinguish from those of her mentor, and works sometimes have Sickertian titles. Throughout the 1920s and 1930s, Gosse continued to exhibit widely with galleries in London. She became a member of the Royal Society of Painters, Etchers & Engravers, and also of the Royal Society of British Artists. Gosse was once asked to explain her working methods. She replied 'it’s simply a matter of light and shade'.