N05137 THE ROYAL ACADEMY: VARNISHING DAY 1939
Inscr. ‘Feliks Topolski 39’ b.l.
Pen and wash on pale green paper, 15×15 3/8 (38×39).
Purchased from the artist (Knapping Fund) 1940.
The scene is one of the Varnishing Days reserved for artists which precede the Private View of the Royal Academy's Summer Exhibition. The figure standing on the right of the picture is the distinguished journalist Hannen Swaffer (1879–1962). See also N05138.
Mary Chamot, Dennis Farr and Martin Butlin, The Modern British Paintings, Drawings and Sculpture, London 1964, II