N03195 GOSSIP c. 1904
Watercolour on silk, 24×18 1/2 (61×47).
Presented by Lady Davis 1917.
Coll: Purchased by Sir Edmund Davis from the Leicester Galleries 1913.
Exh: (?) Leicester Galleries, October 1904 (8), as ‘Les Causeuses’; Leicester Galleries, January 1913 (13), as ‘Gossip’.
Lit: Gibson, 1914, p.100; Rothenstein, 1938, p.259.
Repr: V. & A., Twentieth Century British Watercolours, 1958, pl.2.
The artist often painted groups of ladies in elegant period costume, engaged in conversation, or sitting out at the theatre or ball. A lithograph entitled ‘Gossip’ was shown at the Society of Twelve in 1905 (63), and a fan ‘Les Causeuses’ was exhibited at the Galerie Moret, Paris, in 1901, but these compositions are not specifically related to N03195.
Mary Chamot, Dennis Farr and Martin Butlin, The Modern British Paintings, Drawings and Sculpture, London 1964, I