Duncan Grant

The Kitchen


Not on display

Duncan Grant 1885–1978
Oil paint on canvas
Support: 508 × 406 mm
frame: 654 × 552 × 63 mm
Presented by the Trustees of the Chantrey Bequest 1959

Display caption

The view is inside the Grant family home at Streatley-on-Thames, painted when he was seventeen. In 1902 he went to the Westminster School of Art, overcoming his family’s wish that he should join the army. Both his determination to pursue a career as an artist, and the quality of this very early painting, show his extraordinary talent. The colouring – controlled and yet rich – is comparable to recent work showing figures in interiors, perhaps most strongly those by Gwen John also shown in this room.

Gallery label, May 2007

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Catalogue entry

T00294 THE KITCHEN 1902
Inscr. on back of stretcher, ‘Duncan Grant 1902’.
Canvas, 20×16 (51×40·5).
Chantrey Purchase from the artist 1959.
Exh: Paintings by Edwardian Artists, Sheffield, 1952 (16); Tate Gallery, May–June 1959 (2); R.A., 1960 (690).
Repr: Royal Academy Illustrated, 1960, p.42.

Painted at Streatley-on-Thames, where the artist's parents had a house for one or two years.

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

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