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Gwen John (1876-1939)

Landscape at Tenby, with Figures

oil on canvas
12 x 16in. (30.5 x 41cm.)

Painted circa 1895-98
Provenance
Given by the artist to Augustus John, thence to Dorelia John in 1961
Acquired by the present owners in 1969
Literature
M. Taubman, Gwen John, London, 1985, pp.15 & 22, pl.2
C. Langdale, Gwen John, New Haven, 1987, p.133, pl.6
Exhibited
London, Arts Council, Arts Council Gallery, Gwen John, Jan.-March 1968, no.1: this exhibition travelled to Sheffield, Graves Art Gallery, March-April 1968; and Cardiff, National Museum of Wales, April-May 1968 New York, Davis & Long Company, Gwen John A Retrospective Exhibition, Oct.-Nov. 1975, no.1 (illustrated)

Lot Essay

The setting is the artist's native town of Tenby in Pembrokeshire, South Wales. The view is taken from the North Sands, just below Morton High Street, looking towards the Harbour. The figure in the hat is Gwen's younger sister Winifred who is the subject of the artist's earliest paintings. This work is recorded as only the second picture that Gwen John painted and is considered to be unique in the artist's painting oeuvre. (see C. Langdale, loc. cit.).
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