N04008 ELEPHANTS 1924
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.
Mary Chamot, Dennis Farr and Martin Butlin, The Modern British Paintings, Drawings and Sculpture, London 1964, I