T00034 OXEN 1955
Inscr. ‘Trevelyan 55’ b.r.
Canvas, 30×40 (76×102).
Chantrey Purchase from the artist 1955.
Exh: R.A., 1955 (530), as ‘Oxen ploughing’, a confusion with No.439.
The artist wrote (18 November 1955): ‘My Oxen was the final picture of a series of paintings I made in Italy and in my studio in 1954 following a holiday staying with friends in a villa in the country near Siena. I made many drawings of oxen ploughing, hauling and being shod. The “lead up” to the picture in question was a smaller one that was bought by the Leicester City Art Gallery in which the oxen are smaller and the landscape more extended. I have also made an etching of more or less the same composition.’
A smaller picture of oxen ploughing was also in the R.A. (439, as ‘Oxen’) and further studies were exhibited at the Zwemmer Gallery, October–November 1955.
Mary Chamot, Dennis Farr and Martin Butlin, The Modern British Paintings, Drawings and Sculpture, London 1964, II