N06233 STUDY FOR APPLE GATHERERS (N05663) c. 1912
Pen, pencil and wash (squared up for painting), 10 7/8×12 5/8 (27·75×32).
Bequeathed by Sir Edward Marsh through the Contemporary Art Society 1954.
Coll: Probably acquired by Sir Edward Marsh direct from the artist.
Exh: British Council, Empire Exhibition, Johannesburg, 1936 (703); Temple Newsam, Leeds, July–September 1947 (80); The Collection of the late Sir Edward Marsh, Leicester Galleries, May 1953 (4).
Probably the sketch done at the Slade School in 1912. This preliminary drawing, while showing the same general disposition of figures as in the final oil painting, was not followed exactly. The oil is a much more tightly compressed composition: the figures fill the whole space and the two principal central figures even appear cramped within the painting. The male figure in the right foreground has his right arm bent round the basket, dipping his left instead of his right hand into it. The hands and arms of the foreground figures are seen in sharply diminishing perspective, and a barrel has been included in the centre between the three main groups.
Mary Chamot, Dennis Farr and Martin Butlin, The Modern British Paintings, Drawings and Sculpture, London 1964, II