Ceri RichardsTrafalgar Square, London 1950

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Artist
Ceri Richards (1903‑1971)
Title
Trafalgar Square, London
Date 1950
MediumOil paint on canvas
Dimensionssupport: 1511 x 2438 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition Presented by the Contemporary Art Society 1959
Reference
T00292
Not on display

Catalogue entry

T00292 TRAFALGAR SQUARE, LONDON 1950

Inscr. ‘'50 Ceri Richards’ b.r. and ‘Trafalgar Square Richards’ on back of canvas.
Canvas, 59 1/2×96 (151×244).
Presented by the Contemporary Art Society 1959.
Coll: Purchased by the C.A.S. from the Arts Council exhibition 60 Paintings for '51 1951.
Exh: 60 Paintings for '51, Arts Council, 1951 (43, and repr. pl.46); C.A.S., Recent Acquisitions, Arts Council, February–March 1959 (50); Whitechapel Art Gallery, June–July 1960 (38).
Repr: Exh. cat., Ceri Richards, Royal National Eisteddfod of Wales, 1961, pl.19.

This painting, done specially for the Festival of Britain exhibition, 60 Paintings for '51, presents two characteristic features of Trafalgar Square, the fountains and the pigeons, with a subsidiary motif of the street photographer. In the background can be seen the bronze lions which surround the base of Nelson's Column, and the tower of Big Ben. A second, smaller and more abstracted version of the subject painted in 1951 is the Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool… (read more)

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