T00122 ELM PARK GARDENS 1955
Canvas, 40×50 (101·5×127).
Purchased from the Beaux Arts Gallery (Cleve and Knapping Funds and Grant-in-Aid) 1957.
Exh: Beaux Arts Gallery, September–October 1955 (14); Arts Council, Six Young Painters, 1956 (10).
Painted in the summer of 1955. The artist wrote (27 February 1957) that the picture was painted in half a day: ‘I often take advantage of...periods of nervous tension...to paint in, for I find my tense state at such times imparts to the picture a tense and alive quality.... For a long time I had looked at the white curtained windows of my room at 63 Elm Park Gardens: the gardens without framed by the window frames and the white, holed curtains, with a table top or chair below, was a scene that demanded to be painted. I am at the moment concerned with a series on that very same visual theme...…