N04578 SPRING BY THE SEA c. 1905
Canvas, 20×36 (51×91·5).
Bequeathed by Hans Velten 1931.
Coll: Purchased by Hans Velten from the Leicester Galleries 1913.
Exh: Leicester Galleries, January 1913 (55); Tate Gallery, July–September 1927 (100).
Lit: Gibson, 1914, p.47, repr. pl.51; Rothenstein, 1938, pp.47, 220, 259, repr. facing p.208.
Although the setting is reminiscent of the ‘Swanage Bay’ series, it is quite possible that this picture was not painted directly from nature but from memory, with the flower-wreathed female figures added. The date has been suggested by Rothenstein, op. cit., p.47. Compare this painting with N04939, for which the date 1905 is documented.
Mary Chamot, Dennis Farr and Martin Butlin, The Modern British Paintings, Drawings and Sculpture, London 1964, I