Catalogue entry

N05147 STILL LIFE c. 1926

Inscr. ‘Edward Wadsworth’ b.r.
Tempera and traced carbon outline on white-primed cardboard, 14×9 7/8 (35·5×25).
Bequeathed by Montague Shearman through the Contemporary Art Society 1940.

Coll: Probably purchased by Montague Shearman from the artist c. 1938–9.

Exh: Tooth's, April–May 1938 (30); Tate Gallery, February–March 1951 (12).

The artist began a series of experiments with tempera, of which he believed this to be one of the earliest, about 1926, to demonstrate the technique to Pierre Roy (letter from the artist, 6 September 1942). In the same year he abandoned landscape painting for still life, often employing elements in a quasi-Surrealist manner. It was in the October of this year that the Surrealist Manifesto appeared.

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