Raymond McIntyre

Aotearoa New Zealand, b.1879, d.1933


  • c. 1914
  • Oil on wood panel
  • Presented by Mrs M. Good, London, 1975
  • 432 x 337mm
  • 75/57

In 1911, two years after arriving in London, Raymond McIntyre began his long association with the Goupil Gallery, the city’s leading international contemporary art dealer, and exhibited for the first time with the prestigious New English Art Club. McIntyre built his reputation on small, pared-back landscapes and stylised heads depicting young women. The influence of Japanese woodblock prints is evident, as is the work of William Nicholson, from whom he briefly took lessons. McIntyre became an established figure in London art circles, thanks also to his role as art critic for the Architectural Review.

(The Moon and the Manor House, 12 November 2021 – 1 May 2022)

Exhibition History

earlier labels about this work
  • Treasury: A Generous Legacy, 18 December 2015 – 27 November 2016

    Arriving in London in 1909, the Christchurch-born and trained Raymond McIntyre soon gained a reputation there for his small, pared-back landscapes and studies of female heads, painted in an elegant, simplified, Japanese woodblock inspired style. These three paintings were modelled on an actor and dancer who became his principal muse from 1912, sometimes mentioned in his letters home: “The girl who is sitting for me a lot now, Sylvia Constance Cavendish… has a very refined interesting pale face… I have done some very good work from her… she is quite a find.”

    McIntyre died in London in 1933. Seven of his works were given by his family between 1938 and 1991.

    (Treasury: A Generous Legacy, 18 December 2015 – 27 November 2016)

  • Between 1912 and 1914 Raymond McIntyre painted a series of women’s heads. Often based on his favourite model, actress Phyllis Cavendish, these elegant and charming women represent a female ideal, rather than specific personalities. Suzette’s hair is typical of the way Breton women coiled their hair. McIntyre has combined solid masses of colour with only a little outline and has adapted the model’s features into an expressive and unified combination of formal elements. This style shows the influence of Japanese wood block prints, the work of the French artist Henri Toulouse Lautrec (1864 – 1901) and art nouveau poster design of the late 19th century. McIntyre was born in Christchurch to artistic and musical parents. He attended the Canterbury College School of Art in the late 1890s and went to London in 1909 to further his studies. By 1915 he was well established as an artist in London circles. Reproductions of his women’s ‘heads’ appeared in the art periodicals The Studio and Colour. McIntyre died in London. (Label date unknown)