Sir Matthew Smith
Nude, Fitzroy Street, No. 1 1916

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Sir Matthew Smith 1879–1959
Nude, Fitzroy Street, No. 1
Date 1916
Medium Oil paint on canvas
Dimensions Support: 870 x 765 x 20 mm
frame: 980 x 870 x 89 mm
Acquisition Presented by the Trustees of the Chantrey Bequest 1952
Not on display

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This is among the most advanced in style of Smith's paintings. It is one of a pair showing a model in the same pose from two different points of view, painted in his studio in Fitzroy Street. 'Nude No.2', which belongs to the British Council, shows the model seen from the front, and has slightly more detail in the background. Soon after these were painted Smith, who had already joined the Artists' Rifles, was called to France with the army. After the war he painted little until his stay in Cornwall in 1920.

September 2004

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