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This picture, painted towards the end of Nicholson's career, was exhibited in London at the Leicester Galleries in January 1941. Mushrooms were a favourite subject, which Nicholson had been painting since the 1920s.

The work is the only example that the Tate Gallery acquired directly from the artist's dealer on its first exhibition. The purchase was part of a campaign by the then Director Sir John Rothenstein to ensure that senior living British artists could be shown at the Gallery by outstanding works.

September 2004