Catalogue entry

Robert MacBryde 1913–1966

T00907 Performing Clown 1946

Inscr. ‘MacBryde’ b.l.
Canvas, 36 x 28 (91.4 x 71.1).
Chantrey Purchase from the Crane Kalman Gallery 1967.
Coll. Purchased by John McDonnell from Alex Reid & Lefevre, August 1946; bequeathed to John Lowe, 1964, by whom sold Sotheby’s, 14 December 1966 (357), bt. Crane Kalman Gallery.
Exh. Lefevre Gallery, 1946 ?; R.A.., 1967 (600).
Repr. J. T. Soby, Contemporary Painters, New York, 1948, p. 150.

In 1958 MacBryde completed for the Tate the Gallery’s standard form giving biographical details. One of the two paintings he listed under the heading ‘Chief Works’ was ‘The Clown’. Although the subject was one which MacBryde painted several times, it seems probable that T00907 was the painting he had in mind. He stated that it was owned by ‘Sydney Art Gallery’; there is no work by MacBryde in Sydney, but John McDonnell was adviser to the Felton Bequest for the National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne.

Published in The Tate Gallery Report 1966–1967, London 1967.