Sir Charles John Holmes
The Burning Kiln 1914

Artwork details

The Burning Kiln
Date 1914
Medium Oil paint on canvas
Dimensions Support: 686 x 762 mm
Acquisition Presented by Michael Sadler through the Art Fund 1915
Not on display

Catalogue entry

Inscr. ‘C J H 1914’ b.r.; a 5 appears to have been incised over the 4.
Canvas, 27×30 (69×76).
Presented by Sir Michael Sadler through the National Art-Collections Fund 1915.
Coll: Purchased by Sir Michael Sadler at the N.E.A.C. 1914.
Exh: N.E.A.C., summer 1914 (161).
Lit: Baker, 1924, p.24; J. B. Manson, The Tate Gallery, 1929, p.144; Holmes, 1936, pp.302–3.
Repr: Tate Gallery Illustrations, 1928, pl.114; James Laver, Portraits in Oil and Vinegar, 1925, facing p.43.

Baker (loc. cit.) wrote: ‘The Burning Kiln (1914) in the Tate Gallery was determined after many trials, some with a light sky, some with a longer picture, others with different emphasis and spacing.’ The artist (loc. cit.) says it was ‘developed, not without effort, from a sketch near Purley’. His son Martin Holmes told the compiler in December 1957 that it was probably done from the Coulsdon side as he used to visit an uncle who lived there. The composition was probably not taken direct from nature.

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

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