N04568 TOY SAILING BOATS (THE ROUND POND) 1911
Casein or wax medium on canvas (two strips of unequal width joined vertically), 89 1/4×120 (227×305).
Purchased from the Borough Polytechnic (Clarke Fund) 1931.
Coll: Commissioned by the Borough Polytechnic House Committee in 1911, and taken down in 1929 to be offered on sale or loan to various institutions or museums. Acquired for a nominal sum by the Tate Gallery 1931.
Lit: Virginia Woolf, Roger Fry, A Biography, 1940, pp.172–4, where she erroneously speaks of the murals as destroyed; John Rothenstein, Modern English Painters: Lewis to Moore, 1956, p.51 and note.
One of a series of seven decorations representing the pleasures of London, or ‘London on Holiday’, painted in 1911 for the students' dining-room at the Borough Polytechnic under the direction of Roger Fry, whose friend Basil Williams, Chairman of the House Committee, had originated the idea. The subject originally considered was ‘Getting the Food’…