T00185 TWO SISTERS 1945
Inscr. ‘Colquhoun 45.’ b.r.
Watercolour and coloured chalk, 22 1/4×15 (56·5×38).
Purchased from Michael Ayrton through the Whitechapel Art Gallery (Grant-in-Aid) 1958.
Coll: Purchased by Michael Ayrton from the artist through the Lefevre Gallery 1945.
Exh: Whitechapel Art Gallery, March–May 1958 (109), as lent by the Redfern Gallery.
Repr: Michael Ayrton, British Drawings, 1946, facing p.41 (in colour).
Made while Colquhoun was living in Bedford Gardens, London, in the same house as Robert MacBryde, John Minton and Jankel Adler. On the backing of this drawing (now detached) was a fantastic landscape by Minton signed and dated 1939. The drawing is made with special German chalks, which the artist may have obtained from Jankel Adler and used for only about a dozen works…