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T03092 BOSHAM, SUSSEX1903
Inscribed ‘Bosham/03 John Q. Pringle’ bottom right
Watercolour on paper, 11 3/8 × 14 1/4 (28.9 × 33.6)
Presented by Mrs Jean Vance Baxter 1980
Prov: Given by the artist to William Meldrum; Mr and Mrs T. McIntyre, March 1926; their daughter, Mrs J.V. Baxter, the donor
Exh: [?] Collection of Pictures by John Q. Pringle, Glasgow School of Art, February–March 1922 (29); John Quinton Pringle, Scottish Arts Council exhibition, Glasgow Art Gallery and Museum, August–September 1981 and tour to Perth Art Gallery, City Art Centre, Edinburgh, Graves Art Gallery, Sheffield, Southampton Art Gallery and the Fine Art Society, September 1981–March 1982 (52, repr.
In the summer of 1903 Pringle spent a week painting in Sussex with William Meldrum; there is a watercolour by Meldrum himself (private collection, Glasgow) which shows a view similar to this one by Pringle. The church with a spire is Holy Trinity, parts of which date from Saxon times; there is a representation of the church in the Bayeux Tapestry.
Three works of Sussex subjects were included in Pringle's exhibition at the Glasgow School of Art in 1922; they were ‘Bosham, Sussex’, ‘Sussex Landscape’ and ‘Selsey, Sussex’. Another watercolour with the title ‘Bosham, Sussex’ (5 1/4 × 11 1/2in.), which shows a view of the downs and trees, is in a private collection in Glasgow. Whether that work has always borne that title, which is perhaps more appropriate to the Tate work, is not known.
A label originally on the backing board of this picture is inscribed in black ink ‘Bosham Sussex./Painted by the late John Quinton Pringle/Gifted to/Mr & Mrs T McIntyre/In appreciation of their kindness/to Mr Pringle and/for their great interest and regard/that they always had for his work/and welfare./With the Compliments/of W. Meldrum/a life long/friend of the Artist/22 March 1926’.
The compiler is grateful to the late James Meldrum of Glasgow, whose father William Meldrum painted with Pringle on the Sussex trip of 1903, for information included in this entry.
The Tate Gallery 1980-82: Illustrated Catalogue of Acquisitions, London 1984