N05365 AU PAYS BLEU or COLLOQUE SENTIMENTALE
Watercolour on silk, 9 3/4×15 3/4 (24×40).
Purchased at Christie's (Benson Fund) 1942.
Coll: Sir Edmund Davis, sold Christie's, 15 May 1942 (33), as ‘Three Ladies, in a garden near a river: a bridge beyond’, bought by Nicholson for the Tate Gallery.
Exh: The Collection of Edmund Davis, French Gallery, March 1915 (36), as ‘Colloque Sentimentale’.
Lit: Rothenstein, 1938, p.267.
Repr: Burlington Magazine, XV, 1909, pl.2, facing p.13, as ‘Au Pays Bleu’; Studio, LXV, 1915, facing p.8 (in colour), as ‘Colloque Sentimentale’.
A chalk drawing ‘Au Pays Bleu’, exhibited at the Leicester Galleries, January 1913 (23), is reproduced by Gibson, 1914, pl.41, and shows a completely different composition. This may explain the change in title which occurred between 1909 and 1915.
Mary Chamot, Dennis Farr and Martin Butlin, The Modern British Paintings, Drawings and Sculpture, London 1964, I