Emanuel Phillips Fox (1865 – 1915)
‘Carding the Wool’ c. 1892
Oil on canvas
136 x 88 cm
Signed lower right: ‘E. Phillips Fox’
Ruth Zubans, E. Phillips Fox: His Life and Art (Miegunyah Press, Carlton, Victoria 1995), referenced page 39.
In 1887 Emanuel Phillips Fox left Australia for Europe, where he spent a number of years painting in artists communities in Cornwall, Brittany and Etaples. In 1890 the young artist visited Spain, where, in the Museo de Prado, Madrid, he studied the work of Diego Velázquez (1599–1660), which inspired a number of dark tonal works after the master, including a copy of Velázquez’s Los Borrachos, painted in 1891, which was acquired by the National Gallery of Victoria two years later. ‘Carding the Wool’ takes its inspiration from Velázquez’s Las Hilanderas.