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…