Oil on canvas; initialled; inscribed verso 'MISS BROWN/£25/M GREEN/40 THE MALL' and labelled extensively.
18 x 10.25 inches
Royal Glasgow Institute, 1937, no.537
Bradford Corporation Art Gallery, no. 693, (date unknown)
M Boswell & Son, Norwich, 1953
Purchased from the above
Private collection, Switzerland
Madeline Green lived and painted for most of her life in Ealing, West London, where she had a studio first in, then near, her parents’ house. She won a scholarship to the RA Schools, which she attended from 1906. She quickly found her unique style and went on to exhibit regularly at the Royal Academy, the Glasgow Institute and, unusually for a British artist, the Paris Salon. In 1925, the magazine Le Petit Parisien described one of her pictures: ‘l’étrange intérieur exsangue de Madeline Green’ (strange pale interior). The famous art dealer Joseph Duveen gave her publicity by buying her picture The Future in 1927 and giving it to the Manchester Art Gallery. Green wrote that it was ‘done in body colour underneath, and glazed with pure colour and oil ... I always paint in this way - and although it takes a time, I don’t think the same effect can be obtained otherwise’.
Green was a loner, not belonging to any group or school. From her isolated world in Ealing, where she lived unmarried for most of her working life, she projected herself through her pictures, role-playing variously as a mother and a wife, as a costermonger, as a dancer, as sinner and saint - or simply in a variety of different costumes and hats, open-mouthed and staring directly out of her pictures.
Here Green has punned on her name, presenting herself as humble 'Miss Brown', in costermonger's clothes.