N05997 NORMAN HAMLET c. 1910
Canvas, 19 1/2×23 1/2 (50×60).
Presented by the Trustees of the Duveen Paintings Fund 1949.
Coll: Purchased by the Trustees of the Duveen Paintings Fund from the Lefevre Gallery 1927.
Exh: (?) Bradford, June 1910 (1), as ‘A Norman Homestead’; Art Institute of Chicago, January 1912 (7), and New York and Boston; Lefevre Gallery, July 1927 (6).
The artist wrote (Men and Memories, 11, p.228) that in the summer of 1910 he ‘returned to Vattetot to paint cliffs and barns’. The picture probably dates from about this period. On an earlier visit he recorded (ibid., I, p.347) that ‘the village of Vattetot was uninteresting enough; but all about were farms, each with its basse-cour and orchard enclosed by double or triple rows of trees, to keep out the cold winds’.
Mary Chamot, Dennis Farr and Martin Butlin, The Modern British Paintings, Drawings and Sculpture, London 1964, II