Not on display
- Gwen John 1876–1939
- Watercolour on paper
- Support: 324 × 251 mm
- Purchased 1940
N05152 STUDY OF A CHILD c. 1914–20
Wash on coarse buff paper, 12 3/4×9 7/8 (32·5×25).
Purchased from the Matthiesen Gallery (Knapping Fund) 1940.
Coll: Bequeathed by the artist to her nephew Edwin John.
During the period Gwen John spent at Meudon she became very friendly with the Sisters of the Presentation who cared for orphan children. The artist did numerous pictures of these children and also made sketches of children on her holidays in Brittany. See T00155. It is difficult to date or place this drawing more accurately than c. 1914–20.
Mary Chamot, Dennis Farr and Martin Butlin, The Modern British Paintings, Drawings and Sculpture, London 1964, I