Catalogue entryJames Wilson Morrice 1865-1924
N03842 House in Santiago 1915
Inscribed 'Morrice' b.l.
Oil on canvas, 21 1/4 x 25 1/2 (54 x 65)
Presented by the Contemporary Art Society 1924
Prov: Purchased by the CAS 1916
Exh: Modern Paintings, Drawings and Etchings, Leicester Art Gallery, autumn 1919 (120); Exhibition of Advanced Art ... arranged in Connection with the CAS and Private Owners, Art Gallery, Derby, April-June 1920 (151); CAS: Exhibition of Paintings and Drawings held at Grosvenor House, Grosvenor House, London, June-July 1923 (91); Acquisitions of the CAS, Tate Gallery, September-October 1946 (43)
Lit: Donald W. Buchanan, James Wilson Morrice (Toronto 1936), pp.124-5, 176
Morrice visited Cuba for the first time early in 1915 and this picture was acquired by the Contemporary Art Society in the following year. According to Buchanan, op. cit., it was presented to the Tate in 1924 by Lord Henry Cavendish-Bentinck through the Contemporary Art Society, on the advice of Roger Fry, but the Society's records show that it was purchased in 1916 from an unrecorded source.
There is a preliminary pencil drawing in Morrice's 'Sketchbook No.10' in the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, and a small study in oil on panel, 12.5 x 15cm, very similar in composition to the finished work, is in a Montreal private collection (exh. James Wilson Morrice 1865-1924, Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, September-October 1965, no.109 repr.).
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.542-3, reproduced p.542