Charles Conder

By the Sea: Swanage


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Charles Conder 1868–1909
Oil paint on canvas
Support: 229 × 305 mm
frame: 337 × 415 × 70 mm
Presented by Mrs Jessop in memory of W.H. Jessop 1928

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Conder's directly painted little sketches of Swanage can be compared in approach with paintings by his slightly younger contemporaries in Britain, Augustus John and William Nicholson. Conder at the same time was also reviving an unusual genre, painting on fans in an eighteenth-century style. The prettiness and elegance of his fans is echoed in these sketches. Compare the contemporary fascination with rococo decorative art in Wilson Steer's 'Toilet of Venus' on show in this room.

Gallery label, September 2004

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Catalogue entry

N04412 BY THE SEA: SWANAGE c. 1901
Inscr. ‘Conder’ b.r.
Canvas, 9×12 (23×30·5).
Presented by Mrs Jessop in memory of W. H. Jessop 1928.
Coll: As for No.4407.
Lit: Rothenstein, 1938, pp.210, 259.

This appears to have been painted from slightly more inside the bay than N04411 and shows the main landing-stage at Swanage. Either N04411 or N04412 may have been the work exhibited at Whitechapel in 1910 and by the C.A.S. in 1911 and 1912 as ‘Swanage’ (see under N04407).

Published in:
Mary Chamot, Dennis Farr and Martin Butlin, The Modern British Paintings, Drawings and Sculpture, London 1964, I

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