Catalogue entry

N03195 GOSSIP c. 1904
Not inscribed.
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.

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