N03523 ROBIN c. 1912
Oil on wood, 17 3/4×12 (45×30·5).
Presented by Sir Robert Witt through the National Art-Collections Fund 1918.
Exh: Alpine Club Gallery, November 1917–February 1918 (19); Temple Newsam, Leeds, July–August 1946 (32).
Lit: Connoisseur, L, 1918, pp.167–8.
Repr: Bertram, 1923, pl.12; Rothenstein, 1944, pl.31; John Rothenstein, The Tate Gallery, 1958, p.96 (in colour).
John found his children good subjects and there are many paintings and drawings of the members of the artist's large family. Robin was the third son of John's first marriage, and another painting of this child at the same age belongs to the Municipal Gallery of Modern Art, Dublin. A drawings dated 1912, in almost the same pose and evidently at about the same age, was exhibited at Agnew's in October 1957.
Mary Chamot, Dennis Farr and Martin Butlin, The Modern British Paintings, Drawings and Sculpture, London 1964, I