N05351 THE BEACH AT WALBERSWICK (?) c. 1889
Inscr. ‘P. W. Steer 91’ and, on back, ‘P. W. Steer. pinx.t’
Canvas, 23 3/4×30 (60·5×76).
Purchased from George E. Healing through the Leicester Galleries (Knapping Fund) 1942.
Coll: George Healing by 1929.
Exh: Tate Gallery, April–July 1929 (111), as ‘Three Figures on a Pier’ (incorrectly dated 1891); National Gallery, June–August 1943 (70).
Lit: MacColl, 1945, p.191; John Rothenstein, Modern English Painters: Sickert to Smith, 1952, p.63.
Repr: Ironside, 1943, pl.22.
Steer, who had friends at Walberswick, Suffolk, stayed there in 1884 on his return from Paris, and again possibly in the summer of 1885–6; his next visits were made in 1888–9, and apparently in 1890 also, although this is not recorded in MacColl's list (op. cit., p.186); according to this list Steer was at Swanage. A picture entitled ‘The Beach, Walberswick’ was shown at the London Impressionists exhibition, held at the Goupil Gallery, December 1889 (33). Although N05351 bears the date 1891, it seems possible that this date may have been added later, since several other paintings have been post-dated by the artist (e.g. N03668, which is dated 1893 but was shown in the N.E.A.C., November 1892). Either this work or N05766 may be identical with the 1889 Goupil exhibition picture.
Mary Chamot, Dennis Farr and Martin Butlin, The Modern British Paintings, Drawings and Sculpture, London 1964, II