N05363 LES MARMITONS (THE SCULLIONS) 1897
Inscr. ‘C H S 97’ b.l.
Canvas, 15×14 1/4 (38×36).
Purchased from Christie, Manson & Woods (Knapping Fund) 1942.
Coll: Sir Edmund Davis by 1915, sold Christie's, 15 May 1942 (153), as ‘A Sketch for “Marmitons”’.
Lit: T. Martin Wood, ‘The Edmund Davis Collection II’ in Studio, LXIV, 1915, p.232.
Although described as a study for ‘Les Marmitons’, a picture which was also formerly in the collection of Sir Edmund Davis (repr. Studio, LXIV, 1915, p.236), the composition of N05363 differs considerably from the final work. The two female figures in seventeenth-century fancy dress are common to both, but are grouped more closely in half-seated poses in the Tate sketch. The finished painting was exhibited at the International Society's third exhibition in 1901 (88) as ‘Rose and Blanche’ and was included in the Davis Sale, 15 May 1942 (147), as ‘Les Marmitons’, 41×37 in. The girl on the left is probably Miss Kate Hargood, who is identified by George as the sitter for ‘A Souvenir of Van Dyck’, also of 1897 (repr. E. B. G[eorge], Charles Shannon, 1924, pl.I), where she appears in almost the same pose.
Mary Chamot, Dennis Farr and Martin Butlin, The Modern British Paintings, Drawings and Sculpture, London 1964, II