Marian Collier (née Huxley)

John Collier (1850–1934)


Oil on canvas

62 x 49 cm.

Courtesy of the National Portrait Gallery (NPG 6032; purchased 1989)

Marian, the daughter of Thomas Huxley, was an artist who shared a studio in Tite Street with her husband, but after the birth of the couple's first child she suffered from acute postpartum depression and for months wouldn't leave her bed, eat, or drink. She began to improve and during a temporary recovery returned to the couple’s shared studio, where they painted portraits of each other (her portrait of her husband is in the National Portrait Gallery NPG 6811).

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