Oil painting by Alice Chapman (1860-1929), titled 'Sitting In State'. The painting was exhibited in the 1888 Melbourne Centennial International Exhibition. Two other paintings by the same artist were also exhibited at the exhibition: 'Fruit' and 'Gretchen'. The three paintings were donated to the museum by the artist's grand-niece.

Alice Chapman was born in 1860 at Inglewood, and died in 1929. She studied art at the gallery in Melbourne and was a contemporary of members of the Heidelberg School. She painted a number of portraits of local government officials and other dignatories, and was a member of the Victorian Artists' Society. She was elected an Honorary Life Governor of the Bendigo Art Gallery in 1894. A contemporary newspaper reported that 'Miss Chapman's method of work is most sound, always as a preliminary step making charcoal and crayon studies of her subjects, and frequently smaller studies in colour of the intended picture. She paints freely, and with a firm touch, but ... she avoids the impressionist's hurried and merely suggestive style...'

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Oil Painting by Alice Chapman, "Sitting in State"

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Framed oil painting by Victorian artist Alice Chapman. The painting shows a young girl, facing the front, hands in her lap. Long light brown hair, cream long-sleeved dress, white apron, light blue sash. Brooch at the neck. Dark background with light focussed on the subject. Elaborate gold coloured frame, wide, leaf patterns in the corners.

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