T03056 DIEPPE 1931
Inscribed ‘J. Bigge’ b.r.
Oil on plywood, 17 5/8 × 23 7/8 (44.9 × 60.7)
Purchased from Mrs Mary Edwards (Grant-in-Aid) 1980
Prov: Mrs Mary Edwards (the artist's daughter)
Exh: John Bigge, Wertheim Gallery, April 1931 (20); Unit I, Portsmouth City Museum and Art Gallery, May–July 1978 (JB4)
Lit: C.J. Collier, ‘John Bigge’, unpublished article
This painting may be dated by its exhibition in 1931 and by its similarity to ‘Composition’ 1931, illustrated in Herbert Read's Art Now, 1933, pl.113. C.J. Collier points out that in paintings of this date Bigge often depicted architecture that looked like tools or parts of machinery, but the object in the foreground of this work seems to be abstract.
The Tate Gallery 1978-80: Illustrated Catalogue of Acquisitions, London 1981