N05929 MATTHEW SMITH 1944
Inscr. ‘John’ t.r.
Canvas, 24×20 (61×50·5).
Chantrey Purchase from Stewart Grainger 1950.
Coll: Purchased by Stewart Grainger from the Leicester Galleries 1948.
Exh: Temple Newsam, Leeds, July–August 1946 (67); Arts Council, British Painters, 1939–1945, 1946 (32); Leicester Galleries, May 1948 (33).
Repr: Herbert Read, Contemporary British Art, 1951, pl.1; The Times, 24 November 1956, p.14.
Sir Matthew Smith (1879–1959), the painter. Like Augustus John he was a pupil of the Slade School. He painted John's portrait several times and it was in 1944 when Sir Matthew was painting John that the latter painted this portrait. No preliminary sketches were made.
Mary Chamot, Dennis Farr and Martin Butlin, The Modern British Paintings, Drawings and Sculpture, London 1964, I