N05173 NIGHT TRANSPORT 1939–40
Inscr. ‘Pitchforth’ b.r.
Oil on canvas on board, 20×30 (51×76).
Chantrey Purchase from the artist through the Leicester Galleries 1940.
Exh: England in Wartime, Leicester Galleries, May 1940 (22); R.A., 1941 (78), as ‘Road Transport’.
Painted for the Leicester Galleries exhibition. ‘I had been interested in this type of subject for about 3 years previously and had done odd pictures from notes made during return visits from the coast by car, going out many evenings under similar conditions observing lorries and petrol wagons etc. which fixed the conception’ (letter from the artist, 25 November 1955).
Mary Chamot, Dennis Farr and Martin Butlin, The Modern British Paintings, Drawings and Sculpture, London 1964, II