Catalogue entry


Not inscribed.
Pencil, pen and wash, 17×12 1/2 (43×31·75).
Purchased from Arthur Tooth & Sons (Knapping Fund) 1945.
Exh: Leicester Galleries, November 1942 (4), with the quotation from Ecclesiastes referred to below.

This was a Slade Sketch Club subject, executed in 1911. The subject and title are inspired by a passage from the Book of Ecclesiastes, xii. 5: ‘Also when they shall be afraid of that which is high, and fears shall be in the way, and the almond tree shall flourish, and the grasshopper shall be a burden, and desire shall fail; because man goeth to his long home, and the mourners go about the streets.’

Gilbert Spencer told the compiler (26 October 1961) that the site of the landscape background was a view looking south from the corner of Carter's Shed, by Lambert's Stables, Cookham, and the same background appears again in ‘Joachim among the Shepherds’ (see T00048). The tree, and the chain and post fence, have been introduced.

The Tate Gallery owns a sketch of the same date by David Bomberg, ‘Sleeping Men’ (N03722), also done for the Slade Sketch Club.

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