Lot 28
  • 28

Sir Matthew Smith

Estimate
20,000 - 30,000 GBP
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Description

  • Sir Matthew Smith
  • Still Life with Fruit in a Blue Dish
  • signed
  • oil on canvas
  • 35.5 by 53.5cm., 14 by 21in.

Provenance

Probably acquired in the 1920s by Sir Barnet Stross M.P., and thence by descent to the present owners

Condition

The painting is on its original canvas. There is a very slight tear, approximately 1cm. across, on the edge of the apple furthest to the right in the upper right quadrant. There is a further line of damage in the lower left quadrant which is visible in the catalogue illustration. Under ultra-violet light, retouching is visible to the line of damage in the lower left quadrant. There are two further very small areas of retouching, one in the lower right quadrant and one in the lower left quadrant, where the paint came away from the canvas. It has now been re-attached and retouched slightly. There is an area of very slight retouching to frame abrasion along the right edge. The painting is held in a wooden and plaster frame with decorative corners which has sustained a few minor losses. The colours are true to the catalogue illustration.
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Catalogue Note

The present painting appears to be related to Fruit in a Dish (Corporation of London Collection), dated to 1914-19, and like the preceding lot, was almost certainly painted in Smith's studio at 2, Fitzroy Street. The close viewpoint and almost over-large presentation of the subject may be a symptom of Smith's small working environment but may also relate to the problems with his eyesight that were becoming increasingly troublesome.

The handling of the paint is less broken than in Fruit in a Dish, and the palette more muted, but the informality of the image is typical of Smith's work during this crucial period of his career.