N03886 GOSSIPING WOMEN c. 1907
Inscr. ‘John’ b.r.
Pencil and watercolour, 13 1/2×10 1/2 (34×27); the original sheet of paper was stuck to a larger piece of paper in order to increase the area at the bottom of the drawing: total size of paper, 19 1/2×14 (50×35·5).
Purchased from Horace de Vere Cole (Duveen Drawings Fund) 1924.
Exh: (?) Carfax Gallery, November 1907 (19. as ‘The Old Woman and the Fishergirls’, or 22, ‘The Old Woman's Advice’).
Lit: John, 1952, pp.70–1.
Repr: V. & A., Twentieth Century British Water-colours, 1958, pl.3.
John wrote (loc. cit.): ‘Two Summers spent at Equihen near Boulogne were productive of numerous studies of fisher-folk, who, with their distinctive costumes, made admirable models.’ This is one of those studies and was most likely exhibited at the Carfax Gallery in 1907, when many Equihen pictures were shown…