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