N05285 CHâTEAU FORT, FOIX 1934
Inscr. ‘Ian Strang Foix 1934’ b.l.
Black conté, 18 1/2×15 7/8 (47×40·5).
Presented by the artist's mother-in-law Mrs R. M. Bateman 1941.
Exh: R.A., 1935 (1216); Leicester Galleries, January 1936 (17); also Sheffield and Sunderland, 1936; Empire Exhibition, Palace of Arts, Glasgow, 1938 (641).
Repr: Frances Strang, Town and Country in Southern France, 1937, facing p.101.
Foix is situated in the Ariège, southern France, on the river of the same name and is connected by rail to Toulouse which lies to the north and to Tarascon to the south. The artist made the drawing on the spot from his bedroom window at the Hôtel de la Barbicane. A note by the artist's wife in Town and Country in Southern France recalls that the three towers of Château Fort were all built at different periods, and that the two earlier ones were connected by a vaulted gallery. The three-storied round tower dates from the fourteenth century and is named Gaston Phébus after a Comte de Foix; at its base lies a dungeon.
Mary Chamot, Dennis Farr and Martin Butlin, The Modern British Paintings, Drawings and Sculpture, London 1964, II