T03203 GUNHILLS, WINDLEY 1946–52
Inscribed ‘D.P.BLISS.52’ top right (and various inscriptions on reverse of canvas and on top stretcher bar, giving the present title as well as two others, ‘Bull's Cottage’ and ‘Evening Shadows’)
Oil on canvas, 30 × 40 (76.2 × 101.6)
Purchased from the artist through Robin Garton (Grant-in-Aid) 1980
Exh: RA, May–August 1947 (in first state) (649), as ‘Windley, Derbyshire’; Douglas Percy Bliss, Alpine Club Gallery, July 1980 (8)
The following entry is based on a conversation with the artist in April 1982 and on subsequent correspondence with him and with his daughter Prudence. It has been approved by them both.
Following bomb damage to their London home, Bliss and his family moved to Derbyshire during the Second World War. In November 1945 they moved into Hillside Cottage, Windley, near Derby. Shortly afterwards, Bliss was appointed Director of the Glasgow School of Art. Thereafter Hillside Cottage was kept for holidays until he retired there in 1964. The Tate's picture was begun before Bliss took up his post in Glasgow in September 1946. It was painted from the motif, without any sketches, from his bedroom window on the first floor of Hillside Cottage…