Margaret Gere (1878 - 1965)

The Baptism


SKU: 10885
Red chalk heightened with white; monogrammed and dated 1894

Height – 23.8cm
Width – 18.5cm

1 in stock


The Lyndon Goodwin Harris Collection of Watercolours; Maas Gallery

Margaret Gere, one of the leading lights in the Tempera Revival, was a self-confessed Piero acolyte, having been to Italy and studied Piero’s Triumph of Battista Sforza in the Uffizi, Florence, in 1905, the year that she enrolled at the Slade. By the 1920s,
when this work was created, passion for Piero had become mainstream – indeed the engraver Claire Leighton recalled: ‘Living, with my fellow students, in the world of early Italian painters, even to the point of dressing like figures from the world of Piero della Francesca, we did not need to search for other stimulation’. Gere’s panel is a conscientious homage rather than a pastiche. Charles Eastlake, appointed first Director of The National Gallery in 1855, purchased Piero’s Baptism of Christ in 1861.

The Baptism was included in The Barbican Art Gallery’s groundbreaking The Last Romantics exhibition, (catalogue No. 101)

John Redman, the previous owner of this painting, lived with the Payne and Gere families in their Cotswold home during the 2nd World War from 1940 to 1944. The home was a constant visiting location for a number of important artists and writers including Sir Stanley Spencer, Vanessa Bell, Virginia Woolf, Sir William Rothenstein, George Bernard Shaw, John Betjeman and many others.

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Margaret Gere
1878 - 1965

Painter, notably in tempera, born in Leamington Spa, Warwickshire. She was the sister of the artist Charles March Gere, studied under him from 1897 at Birmingham School of Art and like him was an original member of the Birmingham Group of Painters and Craftsmen. The copying of Piero della Francesca in tempera in Florence in 1901 had marked effect on her work, and she further studied at Slade School of Fine Art, 1905. Showed with and was a member of NEAC and RBSA and had first exhibition with her brother at Carfax Gallery, 1912. Represented in The Earthly Paradise exhibition at Fine Art Society, 1969. Cheltenham Art Gallery devoted a show to her in 1984. Tate Gallery holds her picture Noah’s Ark. She and her sister Edith, who married the artist Henry Payne, were known as “the masterful Miss geres”.


Margaret Gere (1878 - 1965)
The White Cat, Isola San Giulio, Lake Orta, 1928
Margaret Gere (1878 - 1965)
The Staffordshire Ornament, circa 1910
Margaret Gere (1878 - 1965)
The Baptism