T03820 The Colne 1925
Watercolour and pencil on paper 15 1/2 × 22 3/4 (390 × 570)
Inscribed ‘Paul Nash/1925’ b.r.
Bequeathed by Mrs Ernestine Carter 1984
Prov: ...; Desmond Coke, sold by his estate, Sotheby's, 25 July 1931 (107) bt John Carter; his widow Mrs Ernestine Carter
Exh: Paul Nash, Mayor Gallery, November-1925 (8); Paul Nash, Paintings and Watercolours, Tate Gallery, November–December 1975 (89, repr.)
Lit: Margot Eates, Paul Nash, 1973, p.119 (as ‘The Colne, watercolour, 1924’), repr. pl.30 (as ‘Bridge over the Dyke’, 1924); Andrew Causey, Paul Nash, 1980, p.391 cat. 489, repr. pls. 124 and 125; Also repr: E. Bernard Lintott, The Art of Watercolour Painting, 1926, opp. p.267
The River Colne at Hillingdon was near the house of Paul Nash's parents-in-law. Andrew Causey points out that the figures of two men bathing, drawn in pencil to the left of the bridge and visible in the photograph published in Lintott (loc.cit.) have been erased, probably by the artist shortly after the watercolour was acquired by John Carter.
The Tate Gallery 1982-84: Illustrated Catalogue of Acquisitions, London 1986