N05374 SOUTHWOLD c. 1889
Canvas, 20×24 (51×61).
Purchased from Christie's (Knapping Fund) 1942.
Coll: Steer Sale, Christie's, 16 July 1942 (148), bt. Nicholson for the Tate Gallery.
Exh: National Gallery, June–August 1943 (65).
Lit: MacColl, 1945, p.189; John Rothenstein, Modern English Painters: Sickert to Smith, 1952, pp.64–5.
Repr: Studio, CXXVII, 1944, p.150.
A signed and dated (1887) work ‘At Southwold’ was exhibited at the National Gallery in 1943 (67) as ‘On the Cliffs’, but N05374 seems related stylistically to ‘Boulogne Sands’ of 1888–91 (N05439) and ‘Girls Running: Walberswick Pier’ of 1888–94 (N06008), and should perhaps be placed c. 1889. This dating is supported by a sketch for the three seated figures on p.68 of a sketchbook in the V. & A. (E.275) which the artist used mostly on the Walberswick-Southwold coast about 1888–9 (information from Bruce Laughton). Southwold lies across the river from Walberswick on the East Anglian coast.
Mary Chamot, Dennis Farr and Martin Butlin, The Modern British Paintings, Drawings and Sculpture, London 1964, II