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).
Mary Chamot, Dennis Farr and Martin Butlin, The Modern British Paintings, Drawings and Sculpture, London 1964, I