T00072 COMPOSITION SKETCH c. 1900
Inscr. ‘John’ b.l.
Pen and ink, 9 7/8×12 7/8 (25×32·5).
Purchased from Jackson's (Pictures) Ltd of Cheshire (Knapping Fund) 1955.
Coll: Crampton Gore; John Burke; Messrs Jackson's.
A label on the back, written by the first owner, states: ‘I bought this and three similar drawings of same subject from John in 1900 or 1901 - just after he was married to Miss Nettleship. He told me the idea was - a woman quite resigned to death but her friends imploring her to stay - Death on a horse was to be behind, but there is only a scribble where he was to be (top left). Crampton Gore.’ The scribble can no longer be seen.
Mary Chamot, Dennis Farr and Martin Butlin, The Modern British Paintings, Drawings and Sculpture, London 1964, I