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.’
Mary Chamot, Dennis Farr and Martin Butlin, The Modern British Paintings, Drawings and Sculpture, London 1964, I