John Nash, R.A. (1893-1977)
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John Nash, R.A. (1893-1977)

Interior of a Wood, Whiteleaf

Details
John Nash, R.A. (1893-1977)
Interior of a Wood, Whiteleaf
signed 'John Nash' (lower right)
pencil, watercolour, gouache, coloured crayon and ink on paper
14 7/8 x 14 7/8 in. (37.5 x 37.5 cm.)
Executed in 1919.
Provenance
Anonymous sale; Christie's, London, 14 May 1992, lot 185.
with Spink, London, where purchased by the present owner.
Literature
A. Freer, John Nash 'The Delighted Eye', Aldershot, 1993, p. 62, illustrated.
A. Lambirth, John Nash: Artist & Countryman, Norwich, 2019, p. 81, illustrated.
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Artist's Resale Right ("Droit de Suite"). Artist's Resale Right Regulations 2006 apply to this lot, the buyer agrees to pay us an amount equal to the resale royalty provided for in those Regulations, and we undertake to the buyer to pay such amount to the artist's collection agent.

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Lot Essay


This attractive painting has the pen and ink component so typical of Nash’s earlier watercolours, making the strong contrast between drawn form and volumetric colour which is so much a part of the work’s authority and presence. The picture’s assertive but engaging rhythms are propelled by pen, while the watercolour conveys the intensity of the artist’s emotional response. After the First World War, the beech woods at Whiteleaf in the Chilterns were a favourite motif for Nash, who first painted there in the summer of 1919. Buckinghamshire was the focus of his attention in these years, and he settled at Meadle, near Aylesbury, in 1922. He became known for his distinctive paintings of the area, the artist Robert Bevan writing: ‘I see the Chilterns quite differently since John Nash started painting them. And that doesn’t happen with many landscape painters…’

A.L.

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