N05439 BOULOGNE SANDS 1888–91
Inscr. ‘P. W. Steer 92.’ b.l.
Canvas, 24×30 1/8 (61×76·5).
Presented by the National Art-Collections Fund 1943.
Coll: Purchased from the N.E.A.C. exhibition by Professor Fred Brown; Miss Ellen Brown by 1941, from whom it was acquired by the N.A.C.F.
Exh: N.E.A.C., November 1892 (8); Goupil Gallery, February 1894 (32); Barbizon House, May 1927 (30); Tate Gallery, April–July 1929 (15).
Lit: MacColl, 1945, pp.45–6, 192; John Rothenstein, Modern English Painters: Sickert to Smith, 1952, pp.65–6.
Repr: Artwork, No.17, 1929, p.4; Ironside, 1943, pl.15; MacColl, 1945, pl.18a.
A sketchbook in the V. & A. (E. 281) has a number of studies of children playing on the beach relating to both N05439 and an oil in the collection of Major Nicholas Daniel (repr. Ironside, 1943, pl.4) which once had the same title. On p. 76 of the sketchbook the group of figures in N05439 is adapted to fit a lunette shape. The sketchbook is inscribed ‘Boulogne [1889?-deleted] 1888’ and internal evidence supports this dating. The Tate painting may have been begun in 1888 and continued on Steer's second visit to Boulogne in 1891. (Information from Bruce Laughton.)
Mary Chamot, Dennis Farr and Martin Butlin, The Modern British Paintings, Drawings and Sculpture, London 1964, II