Catalogue entry

John Tunnard 1900-1971

T00832 Composition 1942

Inscr.‘John Tunnard/42’ b.r.
Oil on board, 17¿ x 27¾ (45.4 x 70.5).
Chantrey Purchase from Marlborough Fine Art 1966.
Coll. Bought at public auction by Mrs. Patricia Strauss; sold by her at Sotheby’s, 17 July 1963 (134), bought by Marlborough Fine Art.
Exh. R.A., 1966 (56) as ‘Abstract Composition’.

The artist’s wife wrote (27 March 1967) that although her husband remembered this work well, it was one of the very few paintings he could not trace in his considerable records. She added: ‘As for the title, it was most likely to have been either “Abstract” or “Composition” – not the two together. Preferably “Composition”.’

Published in The Tate Gallery Report 1966–1967, London 1967.