N05623 THE RESURRECTION 1944
Inscr. ‘Murray’ b.l.
Watercolour, 24 1/2×14 (62×35·5).
Presented by Messrs A. R. Mowbray & Co. Ltd 1945.
Exh: Religious Paintings and Drawings, Leger Galleries, March 1945 (56).
Painted in 1944 (letter from the artist's widow, 22 January 1958), this watercolour won the first prize in Section 2 of the Religious Art Competition arranged by the Central Institute of Art and Design for Messrs Mowbray's in that year; a selection of the entries was exhibited at the Leger Galleries in 1945. The competition was divided into five sections: (1) the Nativity, (2) the Resurrection, (3) the Passion or the Sacraments, (4) any subject of a religious nature, (5) the same for drawings and prints. ‘The aim of the competition was to stimulate the production of works suitable for reproduction in quantity as Christmas, Easter, or other greeting cards, illustrations, and so on’ (Charles Tennyson, introduction to exh. cat., Leger Galleries, 1945).
Mary Chamot, Dennis Farr and Martin Butlin, The Modern British Paintings, Drawings and Sculpture, London 1964, II