Steven Spurrier

Yellow Wash-stand

c.1939

Medium
Oil paint on canvas
Dimensions
Support: 546 x 654 mm
frame: 660 x 762 x 40 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Presented by the Trustees of the Chantrey Bequest 1940
Reference
N05339

Catalogue entry

N05339 YELLOW WASH-STAND 1939

Inscr. ‘Spurrier’ b.l.
Oil on canvas laid on plywood, 21 1/2×25 3/4 (54·5×65).
Chantrey Purchase from the artist 1940.
Exh: R.A., 1940 (671).

The artist wrote (14 February 1958) that the picture was probably painted from sketches made during the time he and his wife had a small cottage at West Wittering, Sussex, in 1939. ‘I have made countless pencil notes of all sorts of incidents, and the ideas for my pictures evolve from them and my imagination. I seldom paint a picture with the subject in front of me but from sketches and memory. The “Yellow Wash-stand” is no exception to the rule.’

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

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