Details & Cataloguing

Modern & Post-War British Art


Sir William Nicholson
signed with initial and dated 1908; indistinctly inscribed on the reverse
oil on canvasboard
33 by 41cm.; 13 by 16in.
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Acquired directly from the Artist before 1933 by Major Arthur Clive Nicholson (1878-1961), and thence by descent to the previous owner
Their sale, Sotheby's London, 18th November 2014, lot 126, where acquired by the present owner


London, Chenil Gallery, circa 1908 (probably, details untraced);
Nottingham, Museum and Art Gallery, Retrospective Exhibition of Paintings by William Nicholson, 11th March - 20th April 1933, cat. no.3.


Lillian Browse, William Nicholson, Rupert Hart-Davis, London, 1956, cat. no.52, p.44;
Patricia Reed, William Nicholson, Catalogue Raisonné of the Oil Paintings, Modern Art Press, London, 2011, cat. no.133, illustrated p.139.


‘William Nicholson is too good an artist to search for the unobvious. He knows it is but fatuous to seek for those things outside the common ones of everyday life and find, in them only, worthy objects of his attention.’ (Albert Rutherston, Contemporary British Artist: William Nicholson, William Brendon & Sons Ltd, 1923, p.16.)

Tenterden captures a lovely summer scene of William Nicholson’s children on a family outing playing by the river. The work was painted whilst the Nicholsons were staying with the Victorian actress Dame Ellen Terry at Smallhythe in Kent. Nancy relaxes in a canoe and Ben poses at the centre of the composition, balancing an extremely long fishing rod, while Tony sits with his back to us, concentrating on fishing at the lower right of the composition.

Modern & Post-War British Art