Humphrey Jennings Swiss Roll 1939

Artwork details

Humphrey Jennings 1907–1950
Swiss Roll
Date 1939
Medium Oil paint on canvas on board
Dimensions Support: 352 x 445 mm
frame: 375 x 476 x 30 mm
Acquisition Presented by the Trustees of the Elephant Trust 1981
Not on display

Catalogue entry

T03213 SWISS ROLL 1939

Inscribed ‘H.Jennings 1939’ on back of canvas
Oil on canvas mounted on board, 13 1/8 × 17 5/8 (35.3 × 44.5)
Presented by the Elephant Trust 1981
Exh: Britain's Contribution to Surrealism of the 30's and 40's, Hamet Gallery, November 1971 (51)

This painting was based on part of one of Humphrey Jennings's collages which appears in a photograph reproduced in Mary-Lou Jennings (ed.), Humphrey Jennings: Film Maker/Painter/Poet, 1982, p.14. The collage seems to have been made by sticking a photograph of a swiss roll into one of a Swiss mountain landscape, with the Matterhorn on the right and a house on the left. The painting follows the top right-hand section of the collage fairly closely in design, but is less detailed.

Published in:
The Tate Gallery 1980-82: Illustrated Catalogue of Acquisitions, London 1984

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