Diana of the Uplands
By C.W. Furse

Diana of the Uplands
By Charles Wellington Furse, A.R.A. (1868-1904)
In the Tate Gallery, London

Charles Wellington Furse was born at Staines, where his father was vicar, through whom he was related to Sir Joshua Reynolds. Both father and son attained eminence in their respective professions, the former becoming Canon and Archdeacon of Westminster, while the latter achieved a distinctive place in the world of art, becoming a popular portrait painter and securing election as an Associate of the Royal Academy. His brain was stronger than his body, for he produced his fine work under the strain of the illness which attacked him in his student days, and caused his death at the early age of thirty-six.

After leaving Haileybury School, young Furse began to study at the Slade School under Professor Legros. He exhibited "Cain" in 1888, and afterwards studied at Julian's School in Paris, returning to London to make a name for himself by pictures which he sent to the Royal Academy and to the New English Art Club.

He painted many notable portraits, among which may be mentioned those of Canon Burrows, Bishop Stubbs, Sir Richard Henn Collins, then Mr. Justice Henn Collins, and later Master of the Rolls, Lord Charles Beresford, two small equestrian studies of Earl Roberts, and a large unfinished canvas of the same subject which has been lent by his widow to the Tate Gallery. In addition he executed some notable work for the door-arches in the Liverpool Town Hall.

"Diana of the Uplands" shows the artist's wife (a daughter of John Addington Symonds) on a wind-swept common. Two greyhounds strain at the leash which she holds in one hand, while with the other she grasps her hat in protection against the fresh breeze. It is an open-air study, full of space and sky and instinct with vitality.

From the book "Famous Paintings" printed in 1913.

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