Keith Vaughan Demolished Houses in St John’s Wood, No. 2 1953

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Artwork details

Artist
Keith Vaughan 1912–1977
Title
Demolished Houses in St John’s Wood, No. 2
Date 1953
Medium Gouache on paper
Dimensions Support: 165 x 140 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition Purchased 1955
Reference
T00001
Not on display

Catalogue entry

T00001 DEMOLISHED HOUSES IN ST JOHN'S WOOD (NO.2) 1953

Inscr. ‘Keith Vaughan’ b.r.
Gouache on paper, 6 1/2×5 1/2 (17×14).
Purchased from the Leicester Galleries (Cleve Fund) 1955.
Exh: Leicester Galleries, February 1955 (32).

The artist wrote (17 April 1955): ‘One of a series of drawings made during 1952–3 of old, neglected and overgrown villas in and around St John's Wood, which were rapidly disappearing under the hands of contractors. It was not intended to be a record of any one particular house, but merely an occasion to return to the perennial landscape theme of the dissolution of man-made artifacts beneath the resurgent growth of nature.... It was executed, as are all my things, in my studio, from recollected visual impressions and not in confrontation with the forms depicted.’

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

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