- Philip Wilson Steer 1860–1942
- Oil paint on canvas
- Support: 629 x 762 mm
frame: 783 x 920 x 58 mm
- Purchased 1922
N03668 A PROCESSION OF YACHTS 1892–3
Inscr. ‘Steer 93.’ b.l.
Canvas, 24 3/4×30 (63×76).
Purchased from Miss Jane Ellen Harrison (Clarke Fund) 1922.
Coll: Purchased by Miss Harrison from the artist 1893.
Exh: N.E.A.C., November 1892 (96); Goupil Gallery, February–March 1894 (15); Tate Gallery, April–July 1929 (10).
Lit: MacColl, 1945, pp.37, 46, 193, repr. pl.18b.
Repr: Artwork, No.17, 1929, p.4.
Painted while the artist was on a vist to Cowes in the summer of 1892. The composition appears in the background of Augustus John's portrait of Miss Harrison painted in 1909 for Newnham College, Cambridge, where she lectured on classical archaeology and later Russian from 1898 until 1922. Although signed and dated 1893 this is the painting recorded by MacColl (op. cit., p.193) as that exhibited at the N.E.A.C., 1892, but there is evidence of considerable reworking by the artist, presumably in the winter of 1892–3. Another painting, ‘A Yacht Race’, 24×30 in., exhibited at the N.E.A.C., April 1893 (54), was purchased in 1897 by the Art Gallery of Western Australia on the advice of Sir George Clausen. This is an entirely different composition showing yachts strung out diagonally across the picture.
Mary Chamot, Dennis Farr and Martin Butlin, The Modern British Paintings, Drawings and Sculpture, London 1964, II