N04539 ST GERMANS c. 1926
Inscr. ‘Thornton’ b.l.
Canvas, 30×40 (76×101·5)
Chantrey Purchase from the artist 1930.
Exh: N.E.A.C., November 1929 (206); R.A., 1930 (433).
A signed and dated pencil drawing (18×22 1/2 in.) of 1926, belonging to Mrs R. F. Allan of Sherborne, Dorset, appears to be a preliminary study for this painting. The previous owner of the drawing was a personal friend of the artist and told Mrs. Allan that the site is the old Great Western Railway viaduct just outside St Germans, Cornwall.
Mary Chamot, Dennis Farr and Martin Butlin, The Modern British Paintings, Drawings and Sculpture, London 1964, II