Feliks TopolskiThe Royal Academy: Varnishing Day 1939

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Artist
Feliks Topolski (1907‑1989)
Title
The Royal Academy: Varnishing Day
Date 1939
MediumInk and watercolour on paper
Dimensionssupport: 381 x 391 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition Purchased 1940
Reference
N05137
Not on display

Catalogue entry

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.

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

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