Dark black and yellow painting showing a doctor checking on his female patient. Fildes made several sketches of a fisherman’s cottage in Hope Cove in Devon. He used this visual evidence to build a replica of the cottage in a corner of his studio so he could experiment with the effects of lamplight while dawn was breaking in to the dark interior.
Sir Luke Fildes
166.4 x 241.9 cm
Oil on canvas
Date of work
English illustrator and painter Sir Luke Fildes, studied at South Kensington before entering the RA Schools in 1866. In 1874 he achieved overnight fame when Applicants for Admission to a Casual Ward was exhibited at the RA. In the same year he first visited Venice, which resulted in a decade of Venetian themes and a focus on depicting beautiful women. For the remainder of his career Fildes specialized in society and state portraits.