Catalogue entry

N04861 CONVALESCENT (?) before 1924
Not inscribed.
Canvas, 13 1/4×10 (34×25).
Bequeathed by Mrs Rhoda Symons 1937.
Coll: Arthur Symons; Mrs Rhoda Symons.
Repr: Illustrated London News, 6 September 1952, p.382.

As there exist a number of very similar versions of this subject apparently painted from the same model (who also figures in other compositions) it is difficult to give a precise date to this picture. Gwen John made several drawings of Arthur Symons, who may have obtained this work directly from her. A version now owned by Colonel F. D. Samuel (exh. British Council, Contemporary British Paintings and Drawings, South Africa, 1947–8 (44, repr.)) was brought over by Ethel Nettleship from Meudon in 1924. Sir John Rothenstein in Modern English Painters: Sickert to Smith, 1952, pl.20, reproduces the version owned by Hugo Pitman and places it about 1925–30. Mary Taubman suggests before 1924 for the Tate Gallery picture. Other versions are owned by Denis Cohen (exh. Arts Council, Ethel Walker, Frances Hodgkins, Gwen John, Tate Gallery, May–June 1952 (112)); Colonel Molyneux, purchased at the Matthiesen Gallery in 1946 (21); and the Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge.

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