N04600 SPRING DAYS c. 1926–29
Inscr. ‘H. Tonks 1928’ b.l.
Canvas, 34×32 (86×81).
Chantrey Purchase from the artist 1931.
Exh: Paintings, Drawings, Engravings and Sculpture by Artists resident in Great Britain and the Dominions, Imperial Gallery of Art, Imperial Institute, April–June 1929 (146); R.A., 1931 (3); Tate Gallery, October–November 1936 (19).
Lit: Hone, 1939, pp.215 and 242; John Rothenstein, Modern English Painters: Sickert to Smith, 1952, pp.91–2.
Repr: Royal Academy Illustrated, 1931, p.117; Connoisseur, XCVIII, 1936, p.290.
According to Hone this painting was begun in 1926 and ‘repainted various times with different models’ as Tonks was never entirely satisfied with it. It may have been worked on after the date inscribed on it.
Mary Chamot, Dennis Farr and Martin Butlin, The Modern British Paintings, Drawings and Sculpture, London 1964, II