Roger Fry 1866–1934
T01778 Landscape with Shepherd, near Villa Madama, Rome 1891
Canvas, 14¼ x 18 ¼ (36 x 46.5).
Presented by Mrs Pamela Diamand 1973.
Coll: The artist’s parents, Sir Edward and Lady Fry; one or more of their daughters; Mrs Pamela Diamand, the artist’s daughter.
Exh: Vision and Design, Arts Council Gallery, London, March–April 1966 (67), and tour of Nottingham, Leeds, Newcastle-upon-Tyne and Manchester, April-August 1966.
In the first half of 1891 Fry paid his first visit to Italy. In a letter to Goldsworthy Lowes Dickinson from Rome, dated 11 March 1891, he wrote: ‘I sometimes go out sketching. I’m doing a lovely thing near the Villa Madama, really it’s going to be rather good, a row of bare trees bright red in the afternoon sun and behind the appennines and the blue sky and in front a pool and sheep and a shepherd. Of course it’s all colour so this gives you no idea.’ The letter, which continues with descriptions and drawings of the frogs in the pond and of the shepherd boy, is published in Denys Sutton, ed., Letters of Roger Fry, 1972, Vol.1, pp. 129–32, and includes a sketch by Fry of T01778, which is also reproduced.
Published in The Tate Gallery Report 1972–1974, London 1975.