- David Bomberg 1890–1957
- Graphite and watercolour on paper
- Support: 222 x 902 mm
- Purchased 1923
N03722 SLEEPING MEN 1911
Inscr. ‘Bomberg 1911’ b.r.
Watercolour, 8 1/4×35 1/4 (22×90).
Purchased from the artist (Duveen Drawings Fund) 1923.
Exh: Arts Council, September–October 1958 and provincial tour (50).
The drawing was made for the Slade Sketch Club in 1911 when the subject set was a quotation from the Book of Ecclesiastes, xii. 5: ‘Also when they shall be afraid of that which is high, and fears shall be in the way, and the almond tree shall flourish, and the grasshopper shall be a burden, and desire shall fail; because man goeth to his long home, and the mourners go about the streets.’
A sketch done by Stanley Spencer on the same occasion is also in the Tate Gallery, N05608.
Mary Chamot, Dennis Farr and Martin Butlin, The Modern British Paintings, Drawings and Sculpture, London 1964, I