Beatrice How

L’Infirmière

c.1914–8

Medium
Oil paint on canvas
Dimensions
Support: 654 x 470 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Presented by the Trustees of the Chantrey Bequest 1935
Reference
N04837

Display caption

How studied in Paris in the 1890s and found that she preferred to live and work there rather than her native Devon. However, she spent part of each year with her sister, Mrs Dawe, wife of the Rector of Walkington, near Beverley, Yorkshire, and this picture was painted there. How worked in the Red Cross and has painted one of the local village children in the arms of a Red Cross nurse. The artist made her reputation with paintings of women with babies, presented in a fresh and unsentimental manner. How is represented in public galleries in Paris, Lyon, Dijon, Glasgow, Philadelphia, Indianapolis and Los Angeles.
This painting was chosen by Clare Boylan.

Gallery label, September 2004

Catalogue entry

N04837 L'INFIRMIèRE (THE NURSE) c. 1914–18
 
Inscr. ‘B. How’ b.r.
Canvas, 25 3/4×18 1/2 (65·5×47).
Chantrey Purchase from the artist's executors 1935.
Exh: Exposition Triennale, Ghent, May–July 1929 (504); New Burlington Galleries, April–May 1935 (97); R.A., 1936 (392).
Repr: Royal Academy Illustrated, 1936, p. 82.

Mrs Trotter, the artist's niece, told the compiler (30 July 1958) that the picture was painted at Walkington Rectory, near Beverley, Yorkshire, where the artist was staying with her sister, Mrs Dawe, during the 1914–18 war. She used to paint village children with Red Cross nurses and worked in the Red Cross herself. Another picture of the same nurse and baby was in Beatrice How's exhibition at the Galeries des Artistes Français, Brussels, December 1928 (1, repr.) as ‘Infirmière’. The theme of baby and nurse occurs in many of her paintings.

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

Explore