N05126 WINDOW-SILL, LUGANO 1923
Inscr. ‘Window Sill, Lugano Winifred Nicholson 1923’ on reverse.
Oil on cardboard, 11 1/4×20 (28·5×50·5).
Presented by the Contemporary Art Society 1940.
Coll: Purchased by Sir Edward Marsh at the Paterson Gallery 1923 and presented to the C.A.S. 1927.
Exh: Paintings by Benjamin Nicholson, Winifred Nicholson, Paterson Gallery, May–June 1923 (? 31, as ‘Cineraria and Primula’); Venice Biennale, 1928 (British Pavilion, 101).
Painted at the Villa Capriccio, Castagnola, Lugano, ‘with my fingers as the paint brushes were packed. We were moving home back to England’ (letter from the artist, 20 July 1958). Ben and Winifred Nicholson worked at Lugano for several winters in the early 1920s.
According to the artist this work was purchased by Sir Edward Marsh at the 1923 Paterson Gallery exhibition, the catalogue of which includes a number of pictures of flowers, though none of the titles fit exactly.
Mary Chamot, Dennis Farr and Martin Butlin, The Modern British Paintings, Drawings and Sculpture, London 1964, II