Sir William Nicholson

The Lowestoft Bowl

1911

Medium
Oil paint on canvas
Dimensions
Support: 476 x 610 mm
frame: 645 x 770 x 80 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Presented by the Contemporary Art Society 1917
Reference
N03178

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This painting sits firmly within a tradition of still life painting that extends from seventeenth-century Dutch depictions of fruit, vegetables, game or flowers. Like his Dutch predecessors, Nicholson was concerned with evoking his subject matter in a highly realistic fashion, and creating the illusion of three-dimensional objects in a two-dimensional picture. In this work, the viewer's attention is also drawn to the luscious surface qualities of the Lowestoft porcelain, which the artist has captured in paint.

Gallery label, September 2004

Catalogue entry

N03178 THE LOWESTOFT BOWL 1911

Inscr. ‘Nicholson. 1911.’ b.l.
Canvas, 18 3/4×24 (47·5×61), with a 1/4 (0·75) strip of wood, thinly painted, each side.
Presented by the Contemporary Art Society 1917.
Coll: Purchased by the C.A.S. from the artist through the Goupil Gallery 1911.
Exh: Goupil Gallery, April–May 1911 (20); Loan Exhibition of Works organised by the C.A.S., Manchester, December 1911–January 1912 (77); The C.A.S.: First Public Exhibition in London, Goupil Gallery, April 1913 (27); National Gallery, January 1942 (45).
Lit: Browse, 1956, p.56.
Repr: C.A.S. Report 1914–19, 1920, pl.4; Nichols, 1948, pl.10.

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

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