Ronald Ossory Dunlop Myself with Cadger’s Pipe 1950

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Artist
Title
Myself with Cadger’s Pipe
Date 1950
Medium Oil paint on canvas
Dimensions Support: 610 x 502 mm
frame: 788 x 678 x 75 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition Presented by Edward Le Bas 1958
Reference
T00171
Not on display

Catalogue entry

T00171 MYSELF WITH CADGER'S PIPE 1950
 
Inscr. ‘Dunlop’ b.r.
Canvas, 24×19 3/4 (61×50).
Presented by Edward Le Bas 1958.
Exh:, R.A., 1950 (86).

The portrait was painted at Bansham in 1950 and was purchased by Edward Le Bas in the first few days of the R.A. exhibition. The artist wrote (28 February 1958): ‘With regard to the meaning of cadger's pipe, a large pipe with a big bowl for containing a lot of tobacco is called a “cadger's pipe” and is a sort of joke between men; the meaning being that if you bring out the pipe and say to your pal “do you mind if I have a pipeful?” that you thereby gain a lot of free tobacco from your friend - in other words cadge a pipeful on a very generous scale.’

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

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