N06216 ECLIPSE AT BLANDFORD 1952
Inscr. ‘C Rogers 52’ b.r.
Canvas, 14×12 (35×30).
Purchased from the Leicester Galleries (Kerr Fund) 1954.
Exh: Leicester Galleries, May–June 1954 (1).
Painted from notes and drawings made during the eclipse of the moon in September 1950. The artist was painting a portrait of Mr Coade, Headmaster of Bryanston School, at the time and watched the eclipse from his study. He wrote (5 May 1955): ‘It was beautifully clear weather. I made a number of notes and drawings. The picture developed out of them. I took it up several times in the subsequent two or three years, scraping and repainting.... The lights in the landscape are those at Blandford.’
Mary Chamot, Dennis Farr and Martin Butlin, The Modern British Paintings, Drawings and Sculpture, London 1964, II