Augustus John OM

The Artist’s Children

c.1915

Artist
Augustus John OM 1878–1961
Medium
Ink on paper
Dimensions
Support: 356 x 254 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Bequeathed by Sir Hugh Walpole 1941
Reference
N05297

Not on display

Catalogue entry

N05297 THE ARTIST'S CHILDREN c. 1917
 
Not inscribed.
Pen and ink, 14×10 (35·5×25·5).
Bequeathed by Sir Hugh Walpole 1941.
Coll: Sold anonymously at Christie's, 13 February 1931 (32), as ‘Studies of boys’ bought by R. E. A. Wilson, who sold it to the Beaux Arts Gallery; Sir Hugh Walpole, bought from the Beaux Arts Gallery 1931.
Exh: Drawings by Modern Masters, Beaux Arts Gallery, 1931 (16), as ‘Three Boys’; Hugh Walpole's Collection, French Gallery, May–June 1937 (13), as ‘Three Sons’; Arts Council tour, 1948–9 (89).

The children here depicted are Romilly and Edwin. The standing figure on the left is Romilly, while the other two figures are both drawings of Edwin, the fourth son of Ida, John's first wife.

Published in:
Mary Chamot, Dennis Farr and Martin Butlin, The Modern British Paintings, Drawings and Sculpture, London 1964, I

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