Catalogue entry

T02239 MOTHER AND CHILD NEAR A TOWN 1952

Inscribed ‘Hayman’ b.r. and on label on the back ‘Mother and Child Near/a Town/Patrick Hayman/oil 1952’
Oil on canvas board, 10 × 7 (25.3 × 17.8) mounted on board 14 × 11 (35.4 × 27.9)
Bequeathed by Miss E.M. Hodgkins 1977
Prov: Bought by Miss E.M. Hodgkins in 1952 directly from the artist after the work had been shown in the Penwith Gallery
Exh: Spring Exhibition, Penwith Gallery, St Ives, 1952 (74)

This painting was executed at 1, Draycott Cottages, above Porthminster Beach, where Patrick Hayman and his wife lived for part of their first long stay in St Ives in 1950–53. According to Hayman, his painting was at that time, and still is, ‘much influenced by the light and feeling, the sea, boats and harbours of West Cornwall’. He first visited that area in 1948 and found that for him the light had something in common with that in New Zealand where he lived from 1936 until 1947.

The buildings in T02239 were based in a generalised way on houses in St Ives and the countryside around which included disused tin mine engine house chimneys. Likewise the figures are generalised. Hayman often paints in series and has executed many works on the theme of the mother and child; others have included religious and political themes and that of Joan of Arc. He often executes paintings in oil which are indirectly related to previous drawings and gouaches of the same theme. There is often a disparity in scale between the figures and their background as this present work.

This catalogue entry is based on a discussion with the artist on 16 November 1977, and is approved by him.

Published in:
The Tate Gallery 1976-8: Illustrated Catalogue of Acquisitions, London 1979