N03666 LEMON GATHERERS 1910
Inscr. ‘D. Grant.’ b.r.
Oil on hardboard, 22 1/4×32 (565×815).
Purchased from Clive Bell (Grant-in-Aid) 1922.
Coll: Purchased by Vanessa Bell at the Friday Club.
Exh: Friday Club, Alpine Club Gallery, June 1910 (catalogue untraced); Twentieth Century Art, Whitechapel Art Gallery, May–June 1914 (329); The New Movement in Art, Mansard Gallery, October 1917 (35); Tate Gallery, May–June 1959 (12).
Lit: W. G. Constable, Duncan Grant, 1927, preface, n.p.; J. B. Manson, The Tate Gallery, 1929, p.151; Mary Chamot, Modern Painting in England, 1937, p.49; Mortimer, 1944, p.7; John Rothenstein, Modern English Painters: Lewis to Moore, 1956, p.50.
Repr: Fry, 1923 and 1930, pl.2; Tate Gallery Illustrations, British School, 1938, p.104.
This painting has often been seen as a reflection of Duncan Grant's visit to Tunis and Sicily in 1911, but he states that it was inspired by the Sicilian Players who appeared at the Shaftesbury Theatre in February–March 1908, and that it was painted at Fitzroy Square, where he lived 1910–11.
Mary Chamot, Dennis Farr and Martin Butlin, The Modern British Paintings, Drawings and Sculpture, London 1964, I