- Sir Matthew Smith 1879–1959
- Oil paint on canvas
- Support: 603 x 730 mm
- Purchased 1941
N05266 PEACHES 1937
Inscr. ‘MS’ b.l.
Canvas, 23 3/4×28 3/4 (60×73).
Purchased from Arthur Tooth & Sons (Knapping Fund) 1941.
Exh: Tate Gallery, September–October 1953 (60, repr. in colour pl.16), and Arts Council tour, November 1953–February 1954 (36).
Lit: Michael Rothenstein, Looking at Paintings, 1947, p.40, repr.p.41 (in colour); Rothenstein, 1952, p.243.
Repr: Eidos, 2, September–October 1950, p.21, pl.2; Rothenstein, 1962, pl.14 (in colour).
In a letter to Michael Rothenstein (loc. cit.) the artist wrote that N05266 ‘was painted premier coup on white canvas, probably in about two hours. No previous studies at a time when things were going well. I was used to the studio I was in.... It was painted in accordance with certain rather indefinable rules that at the time I was truthfully obeying but I do not think it has anything in common with “Bravura” although ... it was painted quickly.’
Mary Chamot, Dennis Farr and Martin Butlin, The Modern British Paintings, Drawings and Sculpture, London 1964, II