N04997 LAUGHARNE CASTLE c. 1937–8
Inscr. ‘Wolfe’ b.l.
Canvas, 31×44 1/4 (79×102·5).
Presented by Mrs Jameson 1939.
Coll: Bought from the Mayor Gallery 1938 by Mrs Pamela Shaw, who afterwards exchanged this picture for a flower piece with Mrs Jameson.
Exh: Recent Works by Edward Wolfe, Mayor Gallery, July 1938 (6).
The painting, also known as ‘Laugharne, Spring’, shows the house and ruined castle wall at Laugharne, which is situated at the mouth of the River Taf, Carmarthen, South Wales.
The artist wrote (30 December 1957) that the picture was painted while he was staying at Laugharne Castle as the guest of Richard Hughes, the author, who had rented the house for twenty years. The artist was not certain of the exact date of the painting, but thought it was done in the spring of 1937 after his return from Mexico or in the following year.
Mary Chamot, Dennis Farr and Martin Butlin, The Modern British Paintings, Drawings and Sculpture, London 1964, II