Charles Ginner

Study for ‘Flask Walk, Hampstead, on Coronation Day’

1937

Artist
Charles Ginner 1878–1952
Medium
Graphite, watercolour and ink on paper
Dimensions
Unconfirmed: 445 x 315 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Presented by the Friends of the Tate Gallery 1968
Reference
T01099

Not on display

Catalogue entry

Entry

This is a squared-up preparatory study for Flask Walk, Hampstead, on Coronation Day (Tate N05276, fig.1), and different in kind to a finished exhibition drawing by Ginner, such as his view from the attic of the same house entitled From a Hampstead Window 1923 (Tate N03873, fig.2). This study is not recorded in his notebooks, which only include works made for exhibition.1 The squares are on a grid of half an inch, with the drawn area exactly 12 x 10 inches. Ginner added watercolour to the flags, decorations and clothes only, choosing the parts of the view that he would not see again. The vertical lines of the buildings were first drawn with a ruler and then traced freehand in pencil. The painting follows this drawing almost exactly, the only noticeable alteration being that in the painting the running child at the bottom right does not hold a flag in her hand.

The view is from Ginner’s desk on the first floor of his house at 61 Hampstead High Street in north London. It can be seen again including the top of this desk with his windowsill crowded with china, a vase of flowers, a notebook and other objects, in a drawing entitled Flask Walk, Rain (Ashmolean Museum, Oxford).2
The alignment of the buildings in this drawing is slightly different in some places. The room from which he was sketching has three windows, and it seems that Ginner drew slightly different views from these windows, one for each side of the street, looking from the left towards the right and vice versa. The depiction of Flask Walk in the drawing is much closer than it is in reality, especially as the fronts of the houses in Hampstead High Street have been cut off at the right and almost cut off at the left. Ginner’s drawing of the numbers of courses of bricks beside the windows is not accurate.

David Fraser Jenkins
May 2005

Notes

1
The notebooks are in the collection of the Tate Archive, TGA 9319.
2
Pen, black ink and watercolour, 346 x 233 mm; reproduced as 1930s in More Than a Glance, exhibition catalogue, Arts Council, London 1980, p.34.

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