John WellsUntitled Drawing 1952

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Artist
John Wells (1907‑2000)
Title
Untitled Drawing
Date 1952
MediumColoured pencil , pastel and watercolour on paper
Dimensionssupport: 236 x 290 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition Bequeathed by Miss E.M. Hodgkins 1977
Reference
T02233
Not on display

Catalogue entry

John Wellsborn 1907

T02233 Untitled Drawing1952

Oil, pastel, coloured pencil and watercolour on paper 236 x 290 (11 3/8 x 9 1/4")

Inscribed 'John Wells 1952' b.r.

Bequeathed by Miss E.M. Hodgkins 1977

Though depicting a bird, and also a fish, this drawing probably started out as an abstract pattern. Wells appears to have begun by making a rapid swirling pattern with a hard brown crayon, over which he rubbed pastel: towards the lower left is a lemon yellow area and to the upper right, an orange one. Where it was obscured by the orange pastel he strengthened the brown line with black oil paint. He then echoed it with a more carefully drawn line in red crayon, starting and finishing at the point near the beak of the bird in the top left part of the composition… (read more)

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