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    Sale 5389

    20th Century British Art

    16 July 2008, London, South Kensington

  • Lot 121

    Christopher Wood (1901-1930)

    Trees and Boats by the Coast, St Feock, Cornwall

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    Christopher Wood (1901-1930)
    Trees and Boats by the Coast, St Feock, Cornwall
    12½ x 15¾ in. (31.7 x 40 cm.)
    Executed circa 1928.

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    In August, 1928, Christopher Wood was invited to stay with the Nicholsons near St Feock on the south coast of Cornwall. Wood described St Feock in a letter to his mother as '... a very beautiful place, a little creek with pine woods and white yachts at the end of a large inlet' (see R. Ingleby, Christopher Wood. An English Painter, London, 1995, p. 191). Only a few drawings of the creek survive from this time of which lot 121 and 122 are examples. Both works appear to have been sketched from the creek looking towards the shore. It was whilst staying in Feock, that Nicholson and Wood went on a trip to St Ives and famously 'discovered ' Alfred Wallis (see lot 123).
    We are very grateful to Richard Ingleby for his assistance in cataloguing lots 121-122.

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    with Wolseley Fine Arts, London.


    possibly, E. Newton, Christopher Wood 1901-1930, London, 1938, no. 782, as 'Cornish Inlet'.