Frederick J. Porter
Winter Landscape c.1929

Artwork details

Frederick J. Porter 1883–1944
Winter Landscape
Date c.1929
Medium Oil paint on canvas
Dimensions Support: 571 x 737 mm
Acquisition Bequeathed by Frank Hindley Smith 1940
Not on display

Catalogue entry


Not inscribed.
Canvas, 22 1/2×29 (57×73·5).
Bequeathed by Frank Hindley Smith 1940.
Exh: (?) London Artists' Association, Paintings of London, Cooling Galleries, May–June 1931 (12), as ‘Snow in London’.

A friend of the artist, James Boswell, wrote that this ‘is a view from the back window of his house at 25 Grosvenor Road, Chiswick. The houses are the backs of those in Wellesley Road, and the big building on the right is the Gunnersbury Baptist Church on the corner of Burlington Road and Wellesley Road. The picture was probably painted in 1929. The Porters built and moved into their house in 1928 and that Christmas there was very heavy snow, so I expect he made sketches and drawings and worked from them. Some of the sheds in the foreground have been moved to help the composition. I don't think it could be a later picture as I remember him showing it to me while he was working on it and I didn't often visit his studio after 1931’ (letter of 26 January 1959).

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

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