Reginald Brundrit

Fresh Air Stubbs

c.1938

Medium
Oil paint on canvas
Dimensions
Support: 965 x 889 mm
frame: 1174 x 1098 x 75 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Presented by the Trustees of the Chantrey Bequest 1938
Reference
N05327

Catalogue entry

N05327 FRESH AIR STUBBS c. 1938
 
Inscr. ‘Brundrit’ b.l.
Canvas, 38×35 (97×88).
Chantrey Purchase from the artist 1938.
Exh: R.A., 1939 (477).

‘The subject of this painting is a sporting innkeeper well known in upper Wharfedale. He gained his nickname “Fresh Air” in early youth and has retained it throughout his life. It sprang originally from his pert reply, as a very small boy, to the question “To what do you owe your rosy cheeks?” I chose him as a model because apart from his rich pictorial quality he was such an essentially English type’ (letter from the artist, 11 February 1960).

Published in:
Mary Chamot, Dennis Farr and Martin Butlin, The Modern British Paintings, Drawings and Sculpture, London 1964, I