"Portrait of Maude Valérie White seated playing the piano by Florence Kate Upton. Oil on canvas, undated (c.1909)." [2003.965], Upton, Florence Kate
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Title
Portrait of Maude Valérie White seated playing the piano by Florence Kate Upton. Oil on canvas, undated (c.1909).
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Object Type
image-as-object
Acknowledgement
Presented by Miss Emily White, sister of the sitter, November 1937.
Description
Portrait of Maude Valérie White seated on a wooden-framed armchair playing the piano, on which a large vase of flowers rests. Looking upwards, in profile, perhaps for inspiration. Wearing a dark dress with white trim. By Florence Kate Upton. Oil on canvas, undated (c.1909).

The piano could be described as having a Sheraton revival case, a style revived in particular by Broadwood at the end of the 19th century in an attempt to evoke the elegance of the late English harpsichord case. The oval marquetry panel in the cheek, probably of satin wood, is typical, as is the coupled pair of lighter, tapered, front legs instead of a single fat turned or faceted leg of the old, dark grand piano. There would have been paired legs at the tail, and the corners of the case would not have been rounded - again an evocation of the harpsichord or early piano. The rest of the veneer was probably fairly highly figured mahogany with inlaid lines and other smaller decorative elements of satinwood. The whole keywell would probably be in satinwood with dark lines. The form of the cheek is distinctive and might pin down the model or maker. This piano fits well into the Aesthetic movement atmosphere of the painting as evoked by the wainscot and flowers.
Artist/Maker
Name Role
Upton, Florence Kate artist
Date made
c.1909
Notes
Exhibited at the Royal Academy in 1909 (No. 196) - see 'Royal Academy Exhibitors 1905-1970), Vol VI Sherr-Zul.

With grateful thanks to Christopher Nobbs for his comments on the piano.
Classification
painting
Technique
oil
Materials
canvas oil
Measurements
Type Length Width Height Diameter Unit (Length)
image 1460 1470 millimetres
image and frame 1660 1665 millimetres
Accession No.
2003.965
People
Name Relationship
White, Maude Valérie FRAM sitter
Upton, Florence Kate artist
White, Emily donor
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