Catalogue entry

Lawrence Atkinson 1873–1931

T00717 The Lake c. 1915–20

Not inscribed.
Pen and watercolour wash, 10 x 14½ (25.5 x 37).
Purchased from the Leicester Galleries (Grant-in-Aid) 1965.
Coll: Given by the artist to Horace Shipp; sold by his widow to the Leicester Galleries, 1964.
Exh: (?) International Exhibition, Geneva, 1921; Wyndham Lewis and Vorticism, Tate Gallery, July–August 1956 (157) and Arts Council tour, September–December 1956 (56); New Year Exhibition, Leicester Galleries, January 1965 (1).
Lit: Horace Shipp, The New Art, 1922, pp. 76–7.

Horace Shipp, in his study of the work of Lawrence Atkinson, The New Art, 1922, wrote that he first met the artist early in 1920 but had become interested in his work earlier, notably in Atkinson’s design for the cover of Wheels in 1918. He divides the artist’s work into three periods. ‘His first things show an intense sense of pattern and decoration. Many of them are landscape studies.’ In the second phase ‘he found that the structural values of an object interested him more than the purely decorative ones’. In the third period ‘we find him entirely free from the bonds of representation and advanced beyond the theories of Cubism, Vorticism and Futurism. He concerned himself with the dynamics of power, growth and progress in an endeavour to bridge the visible with the invisible forces behind it’ (pp. 76, 77, 98). A label on the back states that T00717 was exhibited at an International Exhibition in Geneva, 1921, but no record of this exhibition has been found.

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