Sir Norman Reid
Mr Pencil at Annestown 1960–81

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Sir Norman Reid 1915–2007
Mr Pencil at Annestown
Date 1960–81
Medium Oil paint on canvas on board
Dimensions Support: 452 x 518 mm
Acquisition Presented by Lady d'Avigdor Goldsmid through the Friends of the Tate Gallery 1982
Not on display

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Annestown is a village on the Irish coast. In this painting it is seen from the beach. In the centre, the main street runs uphill between buildings. A striped lighthouse stands out against the coastline beyond. Developed from a gouache made on the spot in 1952, the composition was greatly modified when the artist decided to make it read equally well with either of its two longer edges at the top. Although this aim was realised, the original orientation is the only one he now approves. The first two words of the title refer to a character made fun of in a cartoon of 1830 by Randolphe Toepffer. There 'Monsieur Pencil' is an artist who, after making a drawing from nature, is pleased with it both ways up.

September 2004

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