Roland Vivian Pitchforth

Night Transport

1939–40

Artist
Roland Vivian Pitchforth 1895–1982
Medium
Oil paint on canvas
Dimensions
Support: 508 x 762 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Presented by the Trustees of the Chantrey Bequest 1940
Reference
N05173

Not on display

Display caption

The charms of the interwar countryside were much advertised by petrol companies such as Shell. Yet the increasingly busy roads that made rural excursions possible were generally not part of the attraction.

Roland Pitchforth noted ‘I had been interested in this type of subject for about 3 years previously... going out many evenings under similar conditions observing lorries and petrol wagons etc.’ ‘Pool’ was a wartime government scheme in which the various petrol companies worked together. It would survive into the early 1950s, longer than Pitchforth’s rabbit.

Gallery label, May 2003

Catalogue entry

N05173 NIGHT TRANSPORT 1939–40

Inscr. ‘Pitchforth’ b.r.
Oil on canvas on board, 20×30 (51×76).
Chantrey Purchase from the artist through the Leicester Galleries 1940.
Exh: England in Wartime, Leicester Galleries, May 1940 (22); R.A., 1941 (78), as ‘Road Transport’.

Painted for the Leicester Galleries exhibition. ‘I had been interested in this type of subject for about 3 years previously and had done odd pictures from notes made during return visits from the coast by car, going out many evenings under similar conditions observing lorries and petrol wagons etc. which fixed the conception’ (letter from the artist, 25 November 1955).

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

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