Catalogue entry

T00622 MONOCHROME ABSTRACT COMPOSITION c. 1915

Not inscribed.
Indian ink and grey wash over pencil on paper (with a pentimento consisting of a patch of paper covering the continuation of the upper circle about a third of the way down from the upper edge of the composition), irregularly shaped, approx. 11 3/8×7 1/4 (29×18·5).
Presented by Ethel M. Saunders in memory of her sister 1963.
Coll: Helen Saunders, d. 1963; presented by her sister.

The artist's sister considered that this and the two following watercolours probably date from 1915 when Helen Saunders was helping Wyndham Lewis do decorations for the Restaurant de la Tour Eiffel (letter to the compiler, 12 December 1963). Stylistically these works bear a close relationship to designs by Wyndham Lewis published in Blast, No.1, 1914, and to the black-and-white illustration, ‘Island of Laputa’, by Helen Saunders (spelt ‘Sanders’) which appears in Blast, No.2, 1915, p.8.

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