N05297 THE ARTIST'S CHILDREN c. 1917
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.
Mary Chamot, Dennis Farr and Martin Butlin, The Modern British Paintings, Drawings and Sculpture, London 1964, I