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.’
Mary Chamot, Dennis Farr and Martin Butlin, The Modern British Paintings, Drawings and Sculpture, London 1964, II