T03832 Trees and Rocks 1952
Pencil on paper 19 3/4 × 25 (503 × 635)
Purchased from Lady Monnington (Grant-in-Aid) 1984
Exh: RA 1952 (1126, as ‘Study: Trees and Rocks’); Drawings and Paintings by Sir Thomas Monnington PRA 1902–1976, RA, October–November 1977 (38)
Lady Monnington writes (letter, 22 May 1986): ‘I clearly remember him doing a lot of drawings, and one or two small oils, in the quarry behind our house [near Groombridge, Kent] in the years 1949–1954.’ Lady Monnington owns one of the oils, which is on canvas and measures 24 × 20 ins.
The most finished of the known drawings of this motif is ‘Trees and Rocks’ 1954 (chalk heightened with white, on waxed tracing paper, 24 × 24 ins., coll. Royal Academy of Arts, to which bequeathed by Marshall Sisson RA in 1978). This drawing is reproduced in RA Illustrated 1954 (pl.74), and in the catalogue of Monnington's memorial retrospective at the Royal Academy in 1977 (pl.6)…