Catalogue entry

T00495 A STAR SHELL c. 1916

Inscr. ‘C. R. W. Nevinson’ b.c.
Canvas, 20×16 (51×40·5).
Chantrey Purchase from the Leicester Galleries 1962.
Coll: Purchased at the Leicester Galleries 1916 by Sir Miles Mattinson, d. 1944; sold by his executors at Knight, Frank and Rutley, 17 February 1960 (126), as ‘The Star Shell; Christmas Eve in No Man's Land’, bt. Anthony Tooth, by whom sold to the Leicester Galleries 1961.
Exh: Leicester Galleries, September–October 1916 (52); R.A., 1962 (581).
Lit: Konody, 1917, p.28, repr. p.57; Nevinson, 1937, p.86.

Almost certainly one of the works painted in 1916 after Nevinson was invalided out of the R.A.M.C. early that year, between such works of 1915 as ‘La Mitrailleuse’ (N03177) and those painted after he became an Official War Artist in 1917. The picture was partly repainted after the photograph reproduced by Konody, the star shell itself having been strengthened while the lights in the foreground were reduced; in addition the signature was added.

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