A01033 THE RAKE'S PROGRESS 1931
(v) THE DEPARTURE
Inscr. ‘E. Ardizzone 31’ b.r.
Watercolour, pen and ink, 6 3/4×8 1/4 (17×21).
Five designs, purchased from the Nicholson Gallery (Knapping Fund) 1940.
Exh: Leger Gallery, June 1931 (33–7); Water Colours by Modern English and French Artists, Mayor Gallery, November 1937 (10–14); Nicholson Gallery, March–April 1940 (12–16).
Lit: D. W. Last, ‘Edward Ardizzone: a first one-man show at the Leger Gallery’ in Studio, CII, 1931, p.36.
Although designed as a series these were not intended for book illustrations. They should not be regarded as moralities in the way that Hogarth's paintings of the same subject were, but rather as mildly satirical reportage.
Mary Chamot, Dennis Farr and Martin Butlin, The Modern British Paintings, Drawings and Sculpture, London 1964, I