Portal Gallery, London, where acquired by the present owner in 1997
Julian Spalding (intro.), Beryl Cook, Happy Days, Victor Gollancz, London, 1995, illustrated (as Rusty Car); Joe Whitlock Blundell, Beryl Cook, The Bumper Edition, Victor Gollancz, London, 2000, illustrated p.82 (as Rusty Car).
'For a long time this little car remained parked outside a house we passed each morning. I grew more and more interested as I read the messages and noticed the extensive rust, something I like painting very much. To finish the picture off I added the sort of person I thought might own a car like this, and then found a cherished registration number from one of the long lists they print in the Sunday papers.'
Beryl Cook, quoted in Joe Whitlock Blundell, Beryl Cook, The Bumper Edition, Victor Gollancz, London, 2000, p.82.
The board appears sound. There is a very faint 3cm. scuff in the upper left quadrant, only visible upon extremely close inspection. There are some small instances of studio detritus. This excepting, the work appears in excellent overall condition.
Inspection under ultraviolet light reveals no obvious signs of fluorescence or retouching.
The work is held in a simple varnished wooden frame.
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