THE FRENCH FARM
signed; also signed on the stretcher bar
oil on canvas
54 by 73cm.; 21¼ by 28¾in.
Executed in 1926.
The canvas is original. There is a small protrusion to the canvas in the lower left quadrant. There are a small number of very fine, scattered lines of craquelure in places. There is one instance where the wet paint has been smudged by the Artist in the upper centre of the work. There is some light surface dirt. This excepting the work appears to be in excellent overall condition.
Inspection under ultra violet light reveals a small number of tiny, sensitively executed spot retouchings at a couple of points, largely at the extreme edges.
The work is held within a carved wooden frame with a linen slip.
Please telephone the department on +44 (0) 207 293 6424 if you have any questions regarding the present work.
In response to your inquiry, we are pleased to provide you with a general report of the condition of the property described above. Since we are not professional conservators or restorers, we urge you to consult with a restorer or conservator of your choice who will be better able to provide a detailed, professional report. Prospective buyers should inspect each lot to satisfy themselves as to condition and must understand that any statement made by Sotheby's is merely a subjective, qualified opinion. Prospective buyers should also refer to any Important Notices regarding this sale, which are printed in the Sale Catalogue.
NOTWITHSTANDING THIS REPORT OR ANY DISCUSSIONS CONCERNING A LOT, ALL LOTS ARE OFFERED AND SOLD AS IS" IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE CONDITIONS OF BUSINESS PRINTED IN THE SALE CATALOGUE.
Miss Winifred Felce, England
Redfern Gallery, London, where acquired by the Toledo Museum of Art, Ohio, 14th June 1950
Sale, Sotheby's London, 4th June 2003, lot 24, where acquired by the present owner
Venice, Venice Biennale, London Group, June 1926, cat. no.49;
London, Arts Council of Great Britain, Tate, Paul Nash Memorial Exhibition, March - May 1948, cat. no.13;
London, Redfern Gallery, Frederick Gore, Matthew Smith, Paul Nash, Christopher Wood, March 1950, cat. no.31.
Anthony Bertram, British Artists of Today Paul Nash, Curwen Press, London, 1927, cat. no.156, pl.12;
Margaret Eates (ed.), Paul Nash: A Memorial Volume, Lund Humphries, London, 1948, cat. no.46, illustrated p.77;
Anthony Bertram, Paul Nash The Portrait of an Artist, Faber, London, 1955, pp.156, 321;
John Rothenstein, Modern English Painters, Vol. 2, Lewis to Moore, Arrow Books, London, 1956, p.109;
Margaret Eates, Paul Nash The Master of the Image, John Murray, London, 1973, pp.38, 120;
Andrew Causey, Paul Nash, Clarendon Press, Oxford, 1980, pp.131-132, 396, cat. no.540, pl.161.
We are grateful to David Boyd Haycock for his kind assistance with the cataloguing of the present work.