Henry Tonks

The Toilet

exhibited 1914

Medium
Pastel on paper
Dimensions
Support: 330 x 441 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Presented by Geoffrey Blackwell through the Contemporary Art Society 1915
Reference
N03016

Catalogue entry

N03016 THE TOILET c. 1914

Not inscribed.
Pastel, 13×17 3/8 (33×44·25).
Presented by Geoffrey Blackwell through the Contemporary Art Society 1915.
Exh: N.E.A.C., winter 1914 (164).
Lit: Hone, 1939, p.81.
Repr: Burlington Magazine, XXXIX, 1921, p.142, pl.2c.

The theme of this work was a favourite one with the artist and he painted several oils, including one dating from 1896. The style of N03016 suggests that it is contemporary with N03017 and N03018, i.e. c. 1914, and an annotated N.E.A.C. exhibition catalogue of 1914 in the Tate Gallery library contains a description of exhibit No.164 which clearly relates to this work: ‘pastel, nude girl on sofa and girl dressed at the glass’.

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

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