Catalogue entry


Not inscribed.
Canvas, 18×30 (46×76·5).
Bequeathed by Sir Edward Marsh through the Contemporary Art Society 1953.
Coll: Purchased by Sir Edward Marsh from the artist 1926.
Exh: Exhibitions of Paintings, ... by Artists Resident in Great Britain and the Dominions, Imperial Gallery of Art, Imperial Institute, April–June 1927 (116), as ‘Landscape’; Contemporary British Art, Whitechapel Art Gallery, October–December 1929 (265); Contemporary British Artists, Agnew's, November–December 1930 (30); Twenty-Five Years of British Paintings, 1910–1935, Mayor Gallery, April–May 1935 (46); British Council, Empire Exhibition, Johannesburg, 1936 (698); Venice Biennale, 1938 (British Pavilion, 66); Leger Gallery, March–April 1939 (19), as ‘The Lonely Tree’; Temple Newsam, Leeds, July–September 1947 (16), as ‘Tree and Chicken Coops’; C.A.S., The Private Collector, Tate Gallery, March–April 1950 (263); Tate Gallery, November–December 1955 (26).
Lit: E. Marsh, A Number of People, 1939, p.360; Spencer, 1961, p.174.
Repr: Rothenstein, 1945, pl.18 (in colour); Studio, CXXXIV, 1947, p.133 (in colour).

The artist said that he had in mind Scottish ballads such as ‘The Twa Corbies’. He lived at Wangford near Southwold for about a year after his marriage in 1925.

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