N04894 ROOFS, HIGH HOLBORN c. 1937
Inscr. ‘Lily D. Joseph’ b.r.
Canvas, 53×58 (135×147).
Chantrey Purchase from the artist 1937.
Exh: R.A., 1937 (398); Solomon J. Solomon and Lily Delissa Joseph, Ben Uri Art Gallery, May 1946 (25, repr.).
Ruth Gollancz wrote in the Introduction to the Ben Uri Art Gallery catalogue that the artist excelled particularly in pictures of London: ‘It was with a palette almost exclusively of white, cobalt, rose madder and a special and remarkable colour, orange madder (only made by the firm of Newman, which has now gone out of existence) that she worked her magic.’ The Hon. Mrs Ewen Montagu, niece of the artist, said that this picture was painted about 1937 from a studio in Bedford Row looking towards the Old Bailey.
Another version of the same view was exhibited at the Whitechapel Art Gallery, Jewish Artists in England 1656–1956, November–December 1956 (19), lent by Mrs G. Salaman and dated c. 1936.
Mary Chamot, Dennis Farr and Martin Butlin, The Modern British Paintings, Drawings and Sculpture, London 1964, I