N05960 CHILDREN AT CHESS c. 1903
Inscr. ‘Sargant-Florence’ b.l.
Tempera on wood, 35 1/2×15 3/4 (90×40).
Chantrey Purchase from the artist 1949.
Exh: N.E.A.C., winter 1910 (28), as ‘A Game of Chess’; N.E.A.C. Retrospective Exhibition, January–February 1925 (44), and Manchester, April–May 1925 (160); Venice Biennale, 1930 (British Pavilion, 197); N.E.A.C., Paris, June–July 1938 (89); R.A., 1950 (78).
Repr: Royal Academy Illustrated, 1950, p.34.
The children are the artist's son and daughter; the son, Dr Philip Sargant Florence, is Professor of Commerce, University of Birmingham, and the daughter, Alix, afterwards married James Strachey (subject of the portrait by Duncan Grant, N05765).
Mary Chamot, Dennis Farr and Martin Butlin, The Modern British Paintings, Drawings and Sculpture, London 1964, I