John Wellsborn 1907
Oil on hardboard 762 x 152 (30 x 6) on chipboard support 810 x 1825 (31 3/4 x 7 1/4)
Inscribed on back in conté over white paint, 'John Wells 1962' and beneath in graphite pencil 'March' and 'ANCHOR STUDIO | TREWARVENETH | NEWLYN | W. CORNWALL'. Waddington Galleries label on the back inscribed 'Painting March 1962'
Purchased from Waddington Galleries (Knapping Fund) 1964
Reacting, perhaps, to what he saw as his failure to achieve a looser painting style, during the early 1960's Wells started to work in a style which he characterised as 'austere' and more 'hard-edged'. He believed the change to be so great that he insisted that Leslie Waddington should come to Cornwall to see the new works before agreeing to show them at the Waddington Galleries…