- Augustus John OM 1878–1961
- Graphite and watercolour on paper
- Support: 457 x 273 mm
- Bequeathed by Lady Henry Cavendish-Bentinck 1940
N05157 DORELIA c. 1908
Inscr. ‘John.’ b.l.
Watercolour, 18×10 3/4 (45·5×27).
Bequeathed by Lady Henry Cavendish-Bentinck 1940.
Coll: Lord Henry Cavendish-Bentinck.
Exh: (?) C.A.S., Loan Exhibition, Manchester, winter 1911 (168), as ‘Colour Drawing of a Woman’; (?) C.A.S., Loan Collection of Modern Paintings, Laing Art Gallery, New-castle, October 1912 (69), as ‘Figure Study’; British Council, Empire Exhibition, Johannesburg, 1936 (502, repr. p.120), as ‘Standing Woman’; Arts Council tour, 1948–9 (76).
Repr: Rothenstein, 1944, p.7.
This drawing, together with the two other similar examples owned by the Tate Gallery (N05158 and N05159), is among many studies which John produced between 1907 and 1909, and may have been lent by Lord Henry Cavendish-Bentinck to one or both of the C.A.S. exhibitions of 1911 and 1912. The subject is usually Dorelia, John's second wife. Sir William Rothenstein wrote: ‘In his second wife, the matchless Dorelia, in her dazzling beauty, now lyrical, now dramatic, John found constant inspiration’ (Men and Memories 1900–1922, 1932, p.166).
Mary Chamot, Dennis Farr and Martin Butlin, The Modern British Paintings, Drawings and Sculpture, London 1964, I