Sir Matthew Smith
Apples 1919–20

Artwork details

Sir Matthew Smith 1879–1959
Date 1919–20
Medium Oil paint on canvas
Dimensions Support: 460 x 546 mm
Acquisition Purchased 1947
Not on display

Catalogue entry

N05760 APPLES 1919–20

Inscr. ‘MS’ b.r. and ‘1919 or 20’ on back of canvas.
Canvas, 18 1/4×21 1/2 (46×54·5); a 3/4 (2) wide strip along the top was previously turned over a smaller stretcher.
Purchased from Arthur Tooth & Sons (Knapping Fund) 1947.
Coll: Purchased by Mrs Cyril Kleinwort from the artist through Arthur Tooth & Sons, July 1942, and sold by them to the Tate Gallery on her behalf 1947.
Exh: (?) London Group, November 1919 (45); Lefevre Galleries, July–August 1942 (13), as ‘Apples (1919)’; Tate Gallery, September–October 1953 (10, repr. pl.6); R.A., October–December 1960 (41).
Lit: Rothenstein, 1952, p.234, repr. pl.31.
Repr: John Rothenstein, The Tate Gallery, 1958, p.100 (in colour); Rothenstein, 1962, pl.3 (in colour).

Sometimes known as ‘Apples on a Dish’, it was originally entitled ‘Apples’ and was painted either in 1919 or early 1920 in the artist's Fitzroy Street studio.

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

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