Although never officially recognised as part of Kenneth Clark’s programme of war artists, Wadsworth worked relentlessly during the war years, including later in 1941 for the Chemicals company ICI. Yet for this constant flow of creativity, much of which spurred his later 1940s compositions, he clearly hankered for a return to the coast, to the work that he had carried out in the previous world war and to the rich body of visual source material that continued to inspire his output. This longing is visible in Convoy, which captures a fascinating snapshot of the war effort, and places Wadworth as one of the most articulate and stylish observers of the period.
The owner of this work, Jacqueline Fowler, has spent a lifetime discovering and collecting exquisite works of art. She has immersed herself fully in this endeavor, trusting her impeccable eye and innate sense for quality to seek out treasures from across a wide range of artistic styles. Not only has Jackie, as she is called by her friends, been the faithful steward of such precious objects, she has also delighted in sharing them with numerous institutions, such as the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum, Wellesley College and the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. A pioneer in recognising fashion as an art form, she built up a substantial collection of exquisite couture - the Jacqueline Loewe Fowler Costume Collection - which entered the Costume Institute at The Met in 1981. Reflecting on her many significant contributions to The Met, curatorial director of the Leeds Art Foundation, Joseph Cunningham, praised Jackie’s unwavering dedication saying: 'Jackie’s insightful collecting, profound generosity and longstanding support of American and European art at the Metropolitan Museum of Art are inspiring to us. We admire her deep knowledge, exquisite taste and knack for finding the best of the best and generously sharing it with the public.'
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