T00497 A SEAPORT 1923
Inscr. ‘Edward Wadsworth 1923’ b.l.
Tempera on linen laid on plywood, 25×35 (63·5×89).
Chantrey Purchase from Mrs Deane 1962.
Coll: Purchased from the artist by Bernard C. Windeler, who gave it to his daughter Mrs Linette B. Deane.
Exh: Leicester Galleries, March 1923 (54); Tate Gallery, February–March 1951 (6); R.A., 1962 (559).
Lit: Edward Wadsworth, editions Sélection, XIII, 1933, p.6, and repr. p.40, as ‘Port de Mer’.
Repr: Artwork, I1, 1924–5, p.92; The Listener, 30 June 1949, p.1107.
Painted early in 1923, according to Mrs Wadsworth (20 December 1961), from sketches made in France during the summer of the previous year. The scene may be La Rochelle, since there is another composition of the same date which has been identified and belongs to the artist's daughter. Part of the fortress visible in the Tate painting appears in this second work but seen from a different viewpoint.
Bernard Windeler, the first owner of this picture, wrote the text of Sailing Ships and Barges of the Western Mediterranean and the Adriatic Seas, 1926, which Wadsworth illustrated. There is a pencil note on the back of the support; ‘Bought with my Prize Money B Cyril Windeler.’
Mary Chamot, Dennis Farr and Martin Butlin, The Modern British Paintings, Drawings and Sculpture, London 1964, II