Catalogue entry


Inscr. ‘Paul Nash’ c.r.
Canvas, 28 1/4×19 1/4 (72×49).
Purchased from the artist (Knapping Fund) 1940.
Exh: Tate Gallery, March–May 1948 (51).
Lit: Bertram, 1955, p.233.
Repr: Read, 1944, pl.23 (in colour).

Painted in the garden of the artist's house, 3 Eldon Road, Hampstead. Bertram sees the grotto as symbolizing a refuge.

A version in watercolour, 22×15 in., belongs to Mrs James Fell and was exhibited at Leeds, 1943 (62). Two other watercolours of the grotto, not specified as snow scenes, were exhibited at the Leicester Galleries, May–June 1938 (21 and 29; see Eates, 1948, p.55), but both the oil painting and Mrs Fell's watercolour are dated 1939 on the photographs in the Nash Collection at the V. & A.

Published in:
Mary Chamot, Dennis Farr and Martin Butlin, The Modern British Paintings, Drawings and Sculpture, London 1964, II