- Oil paint on canvas
- Support: 537 x 594 mm
frame: 626 x 681 x 70 mm
- Purchased with assistance from the Knapping Fund 1968
Sir William Nicholson 1872–1949
T01047 The Hill Above Harlech c.1917
Inscribed ‘Nicholson’ b.l., and ‘The Hill above Harlech W N’ on reverse.
Canvas, 21¿ x 23¿ (53.5 x 59.5).
Purchased from Roland, Browse and Delbanco (Grant-in-Aid) 1968.
Coll: Bought by J. J. Morgan from Goupil Gallery exhibition 1918, and still his in 1946; Leger Galleries 1951; Lord Wilmot by 1956; R. Colin Smith; acquired by Roland, Browse and Delbanco 1966.
Exh: Goupil Gallery, June–July 1918 (10); Beaux Arts Gallery, 1927 (15); Nottingham Museum and Art Gallery, March-April 1933 (65); Beaux Arts Gallery, May–June 1933 (29), as c. 1915; Contemporary British painting exhibition. Golden Gate Exposition, San Francisco, April–September 1939 and United States tour (with British Art exhibition from New York World Fair 1939), Toledo, Kansas City, Providence, New Haven, Buffalo, Northampton, Dayton, Akron, Youngston, 1939–44; and Canadian tour, Ottawa, London, Montreal, Winnipeg, 1944–45.
Lit: Lillian Browse, William Nicholson, 1956, No. 202, p. 66 as painted 1917.
Repr: Studio, LXXIV, 1918, p. 6; S. K. N. [S. Kennedy North], William Nicholson, 1923, pi. 30, as ‘Harlech’.
‘A view of Harlech Castle with a wide bay beyond. In Lillian Browse’s catalogue of Nicholson’s work it is dated 1917. Miss Browse writes that Nicholson paid visits to Wales in 1917, 1918 and 1919: two other paintings of Harlech subjects are dated 1919, and numbered 210 and 293 in her catalogue. Ben Nicholson writes (letter of 21 May 1968): ‘My parents rented a small house at Harlech – I don’t know on what date but it covered a period during World War One, I would guess the early part of this and possibly before’.
Published in The Tate Gallery Report 1967–1968, London 1968.