HIS FIRST OFFENCE
By LADY STANLEY (DOROTHY TENNANT)


HIS FIRST OFFENCE
By LADY STANLEY (DOROTHY TENNANT)(1855-1926)
IN THE TATE GALLERY, LONDON

Lady Stanley has a double title to fame. Apart from her success in the world of art, she married Mr. H. M. Stanley, the explorer, in 1890, nine years before he was knighted. To this may be added the fact that she figures in a picture by Millais, entitled " No," while her portrait, holding a squirrel, was also painted by Waits. Her artistic life began very early, for she was drawing before she could read or write. Even in those days she showed a preference for the street arab types which are represented in this picture. Her training was of the best. She studied under Sir E. Poynter and M. Legros at the Slade School before becoming the pupil of Henner in Paris, where she spent three winters.

Her pictures of ragamuffins, and of nymphs and dryads, were a feature of various London exhibitions for a number of years, while her black-and-white work was also prominent in the magazines. "His First Offence" shows a small boy brought up before the magistrate. He faces the spectator, who cannot fail to be impressed by the skill with which the artist has caught the sharp, shifty expression of the little rascal. The picture, which was exhibited at the New Gallery in 1896, was admired by Sir Henry Tate, who bought it and asked the artist to paint him some more ragamuffins. He died, however, before she had done more than a sketch on canvas of a "Stowaway," which was to have been a sort of companion to "His First Offence."

Lady Stanley ascribes the success of the picture to the boy's face and to the title she gave it. He was a little North Lambeth boy, with pathetic eyes, and proved a very trying little sitter, always restless to be off selling papers, which was his normal occupation.

From the book "Famous Paintings" Volume 2 printed in 1913.

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