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- Artist: OUTLAW; Dorette Gertrude (1892-1985)
- Production Date: 1920 - 1940
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- Object Name: Oil Painting
- Object Name: Portrait
- ObjectNumber: OP857
- Date: 1920 - 1940
- Summary: Oil painting self-portrait showing the head and shoulders. The subject has short black hair and is wearing a black hat.
- Description: Dorette Outlaw travelled around the schools of Wolverhampton searching for students with a clear artistic talent. She would then convince their parents to send them to the School of Art and Design in Wolverhampton and would organise scholarships for the students to attend classes. This would help students who would otherwise end up working in industrial jobs. Several artists became very successful. Painting became more of a hobby than a career for Outlaw, because she was so involved with promoting and working on educational projects in the Wolverhampton area. In our collection we have several craft and ceramic works by Outlaw which were donated to the gallery in the late 20th Century. This shows she had a variety of different skills to teach her pupils as she worked with different materials and techniques. Outlaw was close friends with other significant Wolverhampton artists such as Sir Charles Wheeler, Robert Jackson Emerson and Mary Gibson and was President of the Wolverhampton Society of Artists. She taught at the Wolverhampton Municipal Grammar school for many years, leaving in 1960 and dedicated over 30 years to running their popular Sketch Club. As a pioneer to encourage teaching of art related subjects to gifted children in schools, Dorette Outlaw remains an iconic woman who was not only a very talented artist but also a very influential teacher.
- Description: Outlaw travelled around the schools of Wolverhampton to find students who were very talented in art. She would convince their parents to let them go to the School of Art and Design and would get the students scholarships to attend classes. This would help students who would otherwise end up working in industrial jobs. Several became successful artists.This is the best example of her work. Because she was so involved with education for both Primary and Secondary education but also life time learners in the Wolverhampton area, painting became more of a hobby than a career. Several artists would draw their self-portraits as an exercise. They would do this by looking at their reflection in a mirror and recording what they saw. There are other examples of self portraits in the collection including Charles Wheeler. Edward Bird included a portrait of himself in the painting 'Landing of Louis XVIII'.
- Dimensions: 34 x 24 cm
- Colour: Brown Black
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- For more information contact: Wolverhampton Arts and Museums Service