Raise your mugs to Mrs Mounter

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When you have your first ‘cuppa’ tomorrow morning you might want to give a little thought to one of the Walker Art Gallery’s best-loved paintings.

Mrs Mounter painting

Mrs Mounter by Harold Gilman painted around 1916/17

‘Mrs Mounter’ is by the British artist Harold Gilman who was born 11 Feb 1876, 135 years ago tomorrow.

Gilman was a founder member of the Camden Town Group, an influential London artist collective formed at the start of the 20th century.

‘Mrs Mounter’ is a colourful portrait of Gilman’s landlady. The charming depiction of the elderly woman in her distinctive red head scarf, sat at a table with an un-matching tea set, is really popular with our youngest visitors. In fact to view the painting on a week day during term time you will often have to look over the heads of an excited school party!

Painted around 1916/17 the techniques Gilman used for Mrs Mounter were inspired by the European Post-Impressionist painters, such as van Gogh, Cezanne and Gauguin.

'Mrs Mounter', currently in store, goes on display in the new interactive gallery, 'British Art: 1880 to 1950', from 25 March 2011.

Keep an eye on the progress of the gallery on Flickr