T00071 RUSTIC SCENE c. 1900
Inscr. ‘John’ b.l.
Pastel, 12 7/8×11 3/4 (33×30).
Purchased at Christie's through Arthur Tooth & Sons (Knapping Fund) 1955.
Coll: Judge William Evans (d. 1918); Barbizon House; Bernard Falk, sold Christie's, 18 November 1955 (23).
Exh: (?) C.A.S., Loan Exhibition, Manchester, winter 1911 (166), as ‘Peasants’; (?) C.A.S., Loan Collection of Modern Paintings, Laing Art Gallery, Newcastle, October 1912 (219); The Judge Evans Collection, Goupil Gallery, May–June 1918 (10).
Repr: Rothenstein, 1944, pl.11.
This is one of several pastels executed soon after John left the Slade (letter from the artist, 16 March 1956), and it shows how at this time he was much influenced by Millet. Exhibited in 1918 as ‘Rustic Idyll’, but the artist considered it to be ‘hardly an Idyll’ (loc. cit.). It is possibly the picture called ‘Peasants’, lent by Judge Evans to the C.A.S. exhibitions at Manchester and Newcastle in 1911 and 1912.
Mary Chamot, Dennis Farr and Martin Butlin, The Modern British Paintings, Drawings and Sculpture, London 1964, I