Catalogue entry

Craigie Aitchison 1926-2009

T00712 Model Standing Against Blue Wall 1962

Not inscribed.
Canvas, 26 x 22 (66 x 56).
Purchased from the Beaux Arts Gallery (Grant-in-Aid) 1964.
Exh: Beaux Arts Gallery, January–February 1964 (6, repr.).
Repr: Arts Review, XV, January 11-25, 1964, p. 12.

The artist wrote (1 January 1965): ‘It was the second painting I did of Mr. Georgeous Macaulay. I have done four in all, the first three were of him standing, the third was of him standing with a crucifix, the fourth was a portrait, head and shoulders, and all were exhibited in 1964 at my exhibition in the Beaux Arts Gallery; at present I am painting a portrait of him. I came to live in London properly in 1961 from Kincardine-on-Forth, Clackmannanshire, Scotland, where it was difficult to get a model as it was away in the country, and I wanted to paint from the model when I came here; in Tulliallan, Kincardine-on-Forth I had painted gardens and trees and fields.’

Published in The Tate Gallery Report 1964–1965, London 1966.