Humphrey Jennings

Swiss Roll

1939

Artist
Humphrey Jennings 1907–1950
Medium
Oil paint on canvas on board
Dimensions
Support: 352 x 445 mm
frame: 375 x 476 x 30 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Presented by the Trustees of the Elephant Trust 1981
Reference
T03213

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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