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My crown and sceptre



Thomas Cooper Gotch


10 Dec 1854 - 01 May 1931




Media category


Materials used

oil on canvas


95.2 x 68.3 cm stretcher; 127.0 x 100.0 x 7.0 cm frame

Signature & date

Signed and dated l.r., brown paint "T C Gotch 1891".


Purchased 1899

Accession number


Artist information

Thomas Cooper Gotch

Works in the collection


Shown in 7 exhibitions

Exhibition history


Source unknown, Purchased by the AGNSW 1899, possibly from the artist.

Referenced in 45 publications


A L Baldry, Studio, ‘The work of T C Gotch’, London, 1898, pp 73–82: p 82.

Charles H Caffin, Harper's Monthly Magazine, ‘A painter of childhood and girlhood’, London, May 1910, pp 922–32: p 924, illus p 930.

Marion Hepworth-Dixon, Lady's Realm, 'A painter of womanhood', London, Dec 1904, pp 171–78: p 176.

Lewis Hind, Windsor Magazine, ‘T C Gotch and his pictures’, London, 1896, pp 273–79: p 279.

Barry Humphries, Favourites: Margaret Olley and Barry Humphries choose from public and private collections, 'Introduction', Sydney, 2000, col illus p [5]. Catalogue entry appears in an inserted list accompanying printed catalogue: Selections by Barry Humphries.

R Jope-Slade, Black and White Handbook to the Royal Academy and New Gallery Pictures, ‘“The outsiders”: some eminent artists of the day not members of the Royal Academy’, London, 1893, p 23.

Claude Phillips, Art Journal, ‘The summer exhibitions at home and abroad, II – the Royal Academy and the New Gallery’, London, 1892, pp 215–23: p 222.

Michael Preston, Arts Club, 'The year of 68 new friends', London, Spring 2000, pp 11–15: p 13, illus p 13.

Athenaeum, ‘The Royal Academy (third notice – genre pictures and portraits)’, London, 21 May 1892, pp 671–73: p 672.

World’s Columbian Exposition: official catalogue of exhibits: part X, department K, fine arts, Chicago, 1893, p 133.

Royal commission for the Chicago exhibition, 1893: official catalogue of the British section, London, 1893, p 284, no 187.

Magazine of Art, 'Art in May', London, 1894, pp xxix–xxxii: p xxxiv.

The twenty-ninth spring exhibition at the rooms of the Society, New Street, Birmingham, 1894, p 44, no 338.

Illustrated catalogue of the special exhibition of pictures by Cornish painters of Newlyn, St Ives, Falmouth, Nottingham, 1894, p 6, no 12, illus opp p 6.

Twelfth autumn exhibition, Manchester, 1894, p 32, no 325.

Explication des ouvrages de peinture, sculpture, architecture, gravure et lithographie des artistes vivants exposés au Palais des Champs-Elysées, le 1er mai 1895, Paris, 1895, p 72, no 857. Published by Paul Dupont, Paris, 1895.

Thirteenth autumn exhibition, Manchester, 1895, p 32, no 325.

Catalogue illustré de peinture et sculpture … salon de 1895, Paris, 1895, np, no 857 [not illustrated].

Internationale Kunst-Ausstellung Berlin 1896: Katalog, Berlin, 1896, p 45, no 825.

Brussels International Exhibition, 1897: catalogue of the British Fine Art Section, Brussels, 1897, p 20, no 125. Published by the committee of the British fine art section.

Catalogue illustré de l’Exposition Internationale de Bruxelles: Beaux-arts, Brussels, 1897, p 25, no 125. Not illustrated; published by Bernard et Cie, Paris.

National Art Gallery of New South Wales (annual report for 1900), Sydney, 1901, p 2.

The Royal Academy of Arts: a complete dictionary of contributors and their work from its foundation in 1769 to 1904, London, 1905-1906, vol 3, 1905, p 279.

National Art Gallery of NSW illustrated catalogue, Sydney, 1906, p 47, no 118.

Looking for faeries: the Victorian tradition, 'The legacy of English fairy painting', Bendigo, 2010, not paginated.

National Art Gallery of NSW: illustrated catalogue, Sydney, 1924, p 25, no 56.

Artists of the Newlyn school, 1880–1900, Newlyn, 1979, p 177.

Art Gallery of New South Wales annual report for the year ended 30th June 1986, Sydney, 1986, p 21.

Dreams and realities, Sydney, 1993, p 3.

The shining sands: artists in Newlyn and St Ives 1880–1930, Devon, 1994, pp 133–34. Published in Tiverton, Devon.

Thomas Cooper Gotch (1854–1931): the making of the artist, Kettering, [1994], pp 19–20, 24.

Thomas Cooper Gotch: a painter of childhood, motherhood and empire, London, 1997, pp 12, 15 note 55, illus p 46, fig 3. Masters dissertation, Courtauld Institute, London.

Art Gallery of New South Wales annual report 2000, Sydney, 2000, p 59. Loan.

Les peintres Britanniques dans les salons parisiens des origines à 1939: répertoire, Dijon, 2002, p 224.

The golden dream: a biography of Thomas Copper Gotch, Bristol, 2004, pp 14, 99–100, 103, 105–106, 111, 138, 173–74, col illus p 21.

Art Gallery of New South Wales annual report 2010–11, Sydney, 2011, p 115.

Great Victorian pictures: their paths to fame, Leeds, 1978, p 40, under no 18.

National Art Gallery of NSW: illustrated catalogue, Sydney, 1917, p 41, no 109.

A Winter in Florence 1891–1892, Penzance, 2001, pp 5–7, 9, 12, 22–25, col illus p 13.

British painting 1800–1990 in Australian and New Zealand public collections, Sydney, 1997, p 90, no 792, illus p 91.

Art Gallery of New South Wales catalogue of British paintings, Sydney, 1987, p 78, illus p 78.

The exhibition of the Royal Academy of Arts, MDCCCXCII, the one hundred and twenty-fourth, London, 1892, p 25, no 641.

Pall Mall Gazette “Extra”, 'The Pictures of 1892', London, 02 May 1892, illus p 92.

Royal Academy pictures, London, 1892, illus p 135. Royal Academy supplement of The Magazine of Art.

Twenty-second autumn exhibition of modern pictures in oil and water colours, Liverpool, 1892, p 15, no 214.