N05382 THREE FIGURES c. 1921
Chalk and wash on buff paper, 12 1/2×9 5/8 (32×24·5).
Purchased from Miss Daisy Philpot (Knapping Fund) 1942.
Exh: 68th Annual Exhibition of Water-Colour and Pencil Drawings, Agnew, April 1941 (93).
A. C. Sewter suggests that this drawing was made c. 1921 as a preparatory study for the painting ‘The Coast of Britain’ (repr. Sewter, 1951, pl.38). ‘There is no group in the painting which corresponds to the three figures in the drawing, but on the right of the painting, a kneeling youth holding a staff and another nude man behind him seen from behind, are perhaps similar enough in general conception to suggest that the drawing might have referred to this part of the composition.... At this stage of his career ... Philpot was much influenced by Ricketts’ (letter of 14 November 1958).
Mary Chamot, Dennis Farr and Martin Butlin, The Modern British Paintings, Drawings and Sculpture, London 1964, II