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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


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

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

Ludovic Baschet (Editor), Catalogue illustré de peinture et sculpture … salon de 1895, Paris, 1895, np, no 857 [not illustrated].

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

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

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

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

Caroline Fox and Francis Greenacre, Artists of the Newlyn school, 1880–1900, Newlyn, 1979, p 177.

Renée Free and Rose Peel, Dreams and realities, Sydney, 1993, p 3.

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

Algernon Graves, 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.

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

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.

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

Pamela Lomax, 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.

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

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.

Rebecca Virag, 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.

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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.

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.

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

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