Catalogue entry


Inscr. ‘M. Rothenstein. 1937.’ t.l. and ‘He was a Thief’ and ‘I N R I’ over the crosses.
Oil on hardboard, 40×30 (101·5×76).
Presented by Mr and Mrs Ellis Roberts 1939.
Coll: Purchased by Mr and Mrs Roberts from the artist.
Exh: Matthiesen Gallery, November 1938 (11).

The artist wrote (6 December 1960) that he considered the picture ‘an ex-student effort’. It was one of several Biblical scenes in modern dress painted at that time, perhaps under the influence of Stanley Spencer.

Published in:
Mary Chamot, Dennis Farr and Martin Butlin, The Modern British Paintings, Drawings and Sculpture, London 1964, II