N05325 THE ORCHARD 1934
Inscr. ‘Dod Procter. 34’ b.l.
Canvas, 40×50 (101·5×127).
Chantrey Purchase from the artist 1937.
Exh: R.A., 1934 (708); The Nude in British and French Art, Leger Galleries, February–March 1936 (75 or 78, untitled).
Repr: Royal Academy Illustrated, 1934, p.86; Apollo, XXIII, 1936, p.116.
This picture, representing a recumbent nude, was painted in the artist's garden at Newlyn. In a letter of 12 October 1958 Mrs Procter wrote: ‘The idea behind (very much behind!) the Orchard seems to have been Renoir, but that is not the point. I feel, or rather hope, that the pictures themselves will explain.’
Mary Chamot, Dennis Farr and Martin Butlin, The Modern British Paintings, Drawings and Sculpture, London 1964, II