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