Catalogue entry

T00617 PAINTING 1937

Inscr. on back of wooden support ‘John Cecil Stephenson 1937 36" 28" Egg Tempera Painting 1937’.
Tempera on canvas, 28×36 (71×91·5).
Purchased from the Marlborough New London Gallery (Grant-in-Aid) 1963.
Coll: Purchased from the artist by the Marlborough New London Gallery 1963.
Exh: (?) Constructive Art, London Gallery, July 1937 (38, 39 or 40); (?) London Gallery, January 1938 (no catalogue traced); Architectural Association, February 1938 (no catalogue traced); Arts Council, British Art and the Modern Movement 1930–40, Cardiff, October–November 1962 (114, repr.).
Repr: Apollo, LXXVI, 1962, p. 540.

There were three works with the same title, ‘Painting 1937’, exhibited at the Constructive Art exhibition mentioned above, and an inscription, probably in the artist's writing, on the back of the support refers to an exhibition at the London Gallery in January 1938. The exhibition at the Architectural Association seems to have been an informal one, as the Association's Journal contains references only to two exhibitions: Works by Students of the Grosvenor School of Modern Art (February), and Works by Students of the Royal College of Art (February–March).

Published in:
Mary Chamot, Dennis Farr and Martin Butlin, The Modern British Paintings, Drawings and Sculpture, London 1964, II