Cecil Gordon LawsonThe August Moon 1880

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Artist
Cecil Gordon Lawson (1851‑1882)
Title
The August Moon
Date 1880
MediumOil paint on canvas
Dimensionssupport: 1689 x 3045 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition Presented by the artist's widow 1883
Reference
N01142
Not on display

Catalogue entry

N01142 THE AUGUST MOON 1880
 
Inscr. ‘Cecil Lawson 1880’ b.r.
Canvas, 66 1/2×120 1/2 (169×306).
Presented by Mrs Cecil Lawson to the National Gallery in fulfilment of her husband's wishes 1883; transferred 1897.
Exh: Summer Exhibition, Grosvenor Gallery, 1880 (20); Grosvenor Gallery, winter 1882–3 (236).
Lit: Richard and Samuel Redgrave, A Century of British Painters, 2nd ed., 1890 (Phaidon ed., 1947, p.392); Heseltine Owen, ‘In Memoriam: Cecil Gordon Lawson’ in Magazine of Art, 1894, pp.69–70; Anon., ‘Cecil Lawson's “Harvest Moon”’ in Art Journal, 1909, p.102, repr.
Repr: The Nation's Pictures, 1901, I, p.42 (in colour); Tate Gallery Illustrations, 1928, pl.74.

Painted at Blackdown, near Haselmere, Surrey. Heseltine Owen visited the spot one night with Lawson: ‘By the time we reached Blackdown, close on midnight, the moon was high in the heavens. I remember Lawson enlarging on the colour there was always in a landscape in such moonlight. He said that no great painter had yet fully grasped this truth, but that he intended to show it.’ Lawson painted out an owl in the foreground as the result of the critics' disapproval… (read more)

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