Duncan Grant

The Kitchen

1902

Medium
Oil paint on canvas
Dimensions
Support: 508 x 406 mm
frame: 654 x 552 x 63 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Presented by the Trustees of the Chantrey Bequest 1959
Reference
T00294

Display caption

The view is inside the Grant family home at Streatley-on-Thames, painted when he was seventeen. In 1902 he went to the Westminster School of Art, overcoming his family’s wish that he should join the army. Both his determination to pursue a career as an artist, and the quality of this very early painting, show his extraordinary talent. The colouring – controlled and yet rich – is comparable to recent work showing figures in interiors, perhaps most strongly those by Gwen John also shown in this room.

Gallery label, May 2007

Catalogue entry

T00294 THE KITCHEN 1902
 
Inscr. on back of stretcher, ‘Duncan Grant 1902’.
Canvas, 20×16 (51×40·5).
Chantrey Purchase from the artist 1959.
Exh: Paintings by Edwardian Artists, Sheffield, 1952 (16); Tate Gallery, May–June 1959 (2); R.A., 1960 (690).
Repr: Royal Academy Illustrated, 1960, p.42.

Painted at Streatley-on-Thames, where the artist's parents had a house for one or two years.

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

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