Roland Vivian Pitchforth

Floods

c.1935

Artist
Roland Vivian Pitchforth 1895–1982
Medium
Oil paint on canvas
Dimensions
Support: 635 x 813 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Purchased 1938
Reference
N04933

Not on display

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Pitchforth studied at Wakefield and Leeds Schools of Art before the First World War and at the Royal College of Art from 1920-5. He held his first solo show in 1928 and throughout his career his chosen subjects were landscapes, with particular attention given to weather conditions. 'Floods' is a good example of this interest in the British weather, and it was painted from notes made on the spot at Pulborough, Sussex, probably during the winter on 1935, although the artist was not absolutely sure about the date.

Gallery label, September 2004

Catalogue entry

N04933 FLOODS c. 1935

Inscr. ‘Pitchforth’ b.r.
Oil on canvas, 25×32 (64×81·5).
Purchased from the artist (Clarke Fund) 1938.
Exh: London Group, March 1937 (10); Wakefield, January–February 1943 (39).

‘Painted from notes made during a winter visit to Pulborough, possibly about 1935’ (letter from the artist, 25 November 1955). A picture of ‘Floods’ was exhibited at Wildenstein's, March–April 1938 (37).

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

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