Artipelag (Stockholm, Sweden): The Bloomsbury Group
N03169 THE QUEEN OF SHEBA 1912
Oil on plywood, 47 1/4×47 1/4 (120×120).
Presented by the Contemporary Art Society 1917.
Coll: Purchased by Roger Fry from the artist and sold to the C.A.S. 1912.
Exh: Second Post-Impressionist Exhibition, Grafton Galleries, October–December 1912 (74); Sandon Society, Bluecoat Chambers, Liverpool, February–March 1913 (24); C.A.S, First Public Exhibition in London, Goupil Gallery, April 1913 (17); Twentieth Century Art, Whitechapel Art Gallery, May–June 1914 (364); Tate Gallery, May–June 1959, and Arts Council tour, 1959 (24).
Lit: Mary Chamot, Modern Painting in England, 1937, p.48.
Repr: Tate Gallery Illustrations, 1928, pl.108; John Rothenstein, The Tate Gallery, 1962, p.253.
The painting was undertaken as a sketch for a scheme of decoration in part of the cloister at Newnham College, Cambridge, under the auspices of Miss Jane Harrison. Other artists were to take part in the scheme, but eventually it came to nothing and this was the only design produced. It was painted at Brunswick Square in 1912.
Mary Chamot, Dennis Farr and Martin Butlin, The Modern British Paintings, Drawings and Sculpture, London 1964, I
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