Anton Mauve 1838-1888
N05570 Entering the Foldc.1885-8
Inscribed 'A. Mauve f.' b.r.
Watercolour and gouache on paper, 19 7/8 x 23 ¾ (50.5 x 60.5)
Bequeathed by Mrs Mary James Mathews in memory of her husband Frank Claughton Mathews 1944
Prov:With French Gallery, London; Frank Claughton Mathews, Brockenhurst, c.1912; Mrs Mary James Mathews, Brockenhurst
Exh:Selected Works by James Mans, Anton Mauve, H. Fantin-Latour, French Gallery, London, April-July 1910 (50, repr.) as 'Entering the Fold'
Repr: L'Art et les Artistes, XI, 1910, p.255 as 'La Rentrée du Troupeau
A typical late work, executed when Mauve was living in the village of Laren near Hilversum. The records of the Goupil Gallery at The Hague list a number of watercolours with such titles as 'Sheep re-entering' or 'Return of the Flock', some of which were sold to the London branch of the Goupil Gallery or to British collectors like James Staats Forbes, but it has not been possible to identify this particular work. The original backboard had an inscription 'April 10/97' which seems to show that it was in this country by 1897, and also a label of William Marchant & Co., Goupil Gallery, London, which would refer to a date after mid-August 1901, when the London branch was taken over by this firm.
Ronald Alley, Catalogue of the Tate Gallery's Collection of Modern Art other than Works by British Artists, Tate Gallery and Sotheby Parke-Bernet, London 1981, pp.505-6, reproduced p.505