George Lambourn 1900-1977
Portrait of a Communist 1936
Oil on canvas 552 x 461 (21 3/4 x 18 1/8)
Inscribed in black paint ‘Lambourn’ b.l.
Purchased from the Matthiesen Gallery, London (Knapping Fund) 1938
Paintings by George Lambourn, Matthiesen Gallery, London, Dec. 1938 (10)
Mary Chamot, Dennis Farr and Martin Butlin, Tate Gallery: The Modern British Paintings, Drawings and Sculpture, I, London 1964, p.370
In a letter dated 11 March 1957 the artist told the Tate Gallery that this work ‘was painted in Cornwall - out-of-doors - in 1936’. His son has suggested that Lambourn had gone to Cornwall, specifically Mousehole near Penzance, on the suggestion of Augustus John, a close friend with links to the village…