Catalogue entry


Inscr. ‘MS’ b.r.
Canvas, 34×30 (86×76).
Chantrey Purchase from Mrs Dorothy Searle 1952.
Coll: Acquired from the artist by Arthur Tooth & Sons 1942, from whom purchased by A.J.L. McDonnell June 1945; Mrs Dorothy Searle, who purchased it from the Redfern Gallery October 1949.
Exh: Jacob Epstein and Matthew Smith, Temple Newsam, Leeds, July–September 1942 (90), as ‘Nude, Fitzroy Street, No.I’; Contemporary British Paintings, Tooth's, June–July 1945 (7), as ‘Fitzroy Square [sic], No.I’; C.A.S., The Private Collector, Tate Gallery, March–April 1950 (253); R.A., 1953 (448); Tate Gallery, September–October 1953 (7, repr. pl.5); R.A., October–December 1960 (29).
Lit: Hendy, 1944, pl.6; Rothenstein, 1952, p.233, repr. facing p.235; Hendy, Halliday and Russell, 1962, at pl.7, repr. (in colour).

This and ‘Nude, Fitzroy Street No.2’ (British Council) were painted in 1916 at the artist's studio, 2 Fitzroy Street, from the same model and are the most important works of this period. In them the artist uses bold outlines and broad strokes of strong complementary colours in a manner similar to that adopted by the French Fauve painters led by Derain and Matisse. ‘Nude, Fitzroy Street, No.I’ was rejected by the London Group in 1916.

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