N05134 CAFé SCENE 1939
Inscr. ‘E le Bas’ b.l.
Oil on hardboard, 21 1/2×31 1/2 (54·5×80).
Purchased from the artist (Knapping Fund) 1940.
Exh: National Society, February–March 1940 (538), as ‘Café’.
Painted in the artist's studio in 1939 from drawings made in London tea shops, probably Lyons (letter from the artist, 27 December 1955). On the reverse there is a rough sketch in blue paint of a parrot in front of a dressing-table on which stands a mirror and a pot of flowers.
Mary Chamot, Dennis Farr and Martin Butlin, The Modern British Paintings, Drawings and Sculpture, London 1964, I