David Jones

View from Gatwick House, Essex, April

1946

Medium
Graphite, watercolour and chalk on paper
Dimensions
Support: 490 x 703 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Presented by Margaret Shinnie and Judith Jeffreys in memory of their sister Anne Jackson 1992
Reference
T06667

Display caption

From 1941 to 1947 Jones lived and worked in a room in Sheffield Terrace, West London, the first home of his own. In 1946 he stayed with the collector Helen Sutherland in the Lake District and with friends at Gatwick House in Essex, where this topographical watercolour was painted. It is a straightforward record of a rural scene without the allegorical or symbolic themes usually found in Jones's landscapes. It belongs to a substantial group of rural landscapes, often of farm-yards, drawn by Jones in the 1940s. This work records the moment when new life bursts through the winter greyness, heralding spring.

Gallery label, August 2004

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