Lot 130
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SAMUEL JOHN PEPLOE, R.S.A. | Trees, Antibes

200,000 - 300,000 GBP
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  • Samuel John Peploe, R.S.A.
  • Trees, Antibes
  • signed l.r.: Peploe
  • oil on canvas
  • 63.5 by 76cm., 25 by 30in.


James G. Speirs, Lenzie;
Alex. Reid & Lefevre, London, where purchased May 1937 by Major Ion R. Harrison and thence by descent


Glasgow, McLellan Galleries, Peploe Memorial Exhibition, 1937, no.45;
Glasgow, Palace of Arts, Empire Exhibition Scotland, Fine Arts Section, 1938, no.475;
Glasgow, McLellan Galleries, The Thistle Foundation, Pictures from a Private Collection, 1951, no.40;
Edinburgh, Arts Council - Scottish Committee Touring Exhibition, S.J. Peploe, 1871-1935, 1953, no.25;
Glasgow, Glasgow Art Gallery and Museum, Exhibition of Scottish Painting, 1961, no.156;
Edinburgh, Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art, S J Peploe Commemorative Exhibition, 1985, no.106;
Edinburgh, Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art, S.J. Peploe, 2012-2013


S. Cursiter, Peploe: An Intimate Memoir of an Artist and of His Work, Edinburgh, 1947, pl.41;
T.J. Honeyman, Three Scottish Colourists, Edinburgh, 1950, opposite p.64, pl.V;
R. Billcliffe, The Scottish Colourists, London, 1989, pl.132;
G. Peploe, S.J. Peploe, Surrey, 2012, p.157, pl.167;
A. Strang, E. Cumming and F. Fowle, S.J. Peploe, exh.cat, National Galleries of Scotland, Edinburgh, 2012, pl.83

Catalogue Note

  ‘Trees, Antibes depicts a file of huge trees, this time pines, seen as a diagonal receding into a headland, the sea perhaps just beyond. In the very simplicity of its conception, it is the antithesis of classical landscape: no repoussoir tree, middle ground or far distance. His impasto is again very full – the plastic equivalent of the monumentality of his subject… their trunks this time forming a Cézanneseque geometric pattern…’
 Guy Peploe, S.J. Peploe, Surrey, 2012, pp.157-8