Roland Vivian PitchforthNight Transport 1939-40

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Artist
Roland Vivian Pitchforth (1895‑1982)
Title
Night Transport
Date 1939-40
MediumOil paint on canvas
Dimensionssupport: 508 x 762 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition Presented by the Trustees of the Chantrey Bequest 1940
Reference
N05173
Not on display

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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.

May 2003

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