George Charlton Elephants 1924

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Artwork details

Artist
George Charlton 1899–1979
Title
Elephants
Date 1924
Medium Pastel and chalk on paper
Dimensions Support: 190 x 533 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition Purchased 1924
Reference
N04008
Not on display

Catalogue entry

N04008 ELEPHANTS 1924
 
Not inscribed.
Pastel and chalk, 7 1/2×21 (19×53).
Purchased from the Redfern Gallery (Duveen Drawings Fund) 1924.
Exh: Redfern Gallery, November 1924 (16).

The artist wrote (12 January 1961) that this pastel was done shortly before the Redfern Gallery exhibition and depicts the performing elephants in a circus which used to be held annually every January and February at the Royal Agricultural Hall, Islington. The circus was known as the ‘World's Fair’, and was a popular London festival dating back to at least the 1880s.

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

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