N05147 STILL LIFE c. 1926
Inscr. ‘Edward Wadsworth’ b.r.
Tempera and traced carbon outline on white-primed cardboard, 14×9 7/8 (35·5×25).
Bequeathed by Montague Shearman through the Contemporary Art Society 1940.
Coll: Probably purchased by Montague Shearman from the artist c. 1938–9.
Exh: Tooth's, April–May 1938 (30); Tate Gallery, February–March 1951 (12).
The artist began a series of experiments with tempera, of which he believed this to be one of the earliest, about 1926, to demonstrate the technique to Pierre Roy (letter from the artist, 6 September 1942). In the same year he abandoned landscape painting for still life, often employing elements in a quasi-Surrealist manner. It was in the October of this year that the Surrealist Manifesto appeared.
Mary Chamot, Dennis Farr and Martin Butlin, The Modern British Paintings, Drawings and Sculpture, London 1964, II