This portrait of Thomas Gotch is by his lifelong friend and confidante, Jane Ross, whom he
met at Heatherley’s Art School. They shared a passionate interest in literature, plays and
books. Tom called Jane his ‘sister confessor’ and she called him her ‘penitent’. They were
extremely close, going on to study at the Slade together, and then Paris. There are definitely
indications of a romance between them, which, if true, came to naught as Thomas married
Caroline Burland Yates in 1881.
This painting was included in our Thomas Cooper Gotch – The Pre-Raphaelite Years exhibition.
Please go to the Exhibitions section to view the catalogue.