N03645 WINDY DAY AT BRIGHTON c. 1904–5
Canvas, 25×36 (63×91·5).
Purchased from the Eldar Gallery (Clarke Fund) 1922.
Coll: J. L. Rayner of the Eldar Gallery.
Exh: (?) Leicester Galleries, December 1905–January 1906 (18), as ‘A November day at Brighton’; Leicester Galleries, January 1913 (57), as ‘Windy day’.
Lit: Gibson, 1914, pp.41, 47, repr. pl.54; J. B. Manson, The Tate Gallery, 1929, p.103; Rothenstein, 1938, p.259.
Repr: Tate Gallery Illustrations, 1928, pl.81.
The date of this picture is not known for certain and several paintings of Brighton appear to exist. Mrs Florence Humphrey, an aunt of the artist's sister-in-law, has noted in a short chronology, now in the Gallery archives, that Conder painted at Brighton in 1904. On the other hand Manson (loc. cit.) has recorded that ‘the characteristic figure of Mr Walter Sickert’ is introduced on the right-hand side of the picture. Sickert did not settle in England again until 1905, although it is quite possible that the portrait was made from memory.
The artist exhibited two Brighton subjects at the Leicester Galleries in December 1905, namely No.18, ‘A November Day at Brighton’, and No.25, ‘A Stormy Day at Brighton’, which is now in the Municipal Gallery, Dublin. No.3645 might be the former, as the cold grey tonalities of the picture suggests that a winter day is depicted.
Mary Chamot, Dennis Farr and Martin Butlin, The Modern British Paintings, Drawings and Sculpture, London 1964, I