21 November 2002
Augustus Edwin John, O.M., R.A. (1878-1961)
Fishergirls at Equihen, Normandy
signed 'John' (lower right)
pen and black ink and wash
13½ x 19 in. (34.2 x 48.2 cm.)
Executed in 1907
Sir Cyril Kendall Butler.
C. Harwood Laurence.
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L. Browse, Augustus John Drawings, London, 1941, no. 22, p. 18, pl. 22.
J. Rothenstein, Augustus John, Oxford, 1944, pl. 80.
New York, World's Fair, British Council Exhibition, 1939-40, no. 56.
In the summer of 1907, John came across a group of fishergirls working on the Normandy coast at Equihen near Boulogne, and was struck by their distinctive costumes. He made many studies of the girls in different group compositions, as he wrote to Dorelia, 'The fish women are simply magnificent, I must get a studio or shed here soon and paint 'em - there's money in it!' (see M. Holroyd, Augustus John, London, 1996, p. 241).
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