A tea party on the lawn signed 'Louis Wain' l.r. watercolour and bodycolour 22 x 28.5 cm. (8 3/4 x 11 1/4 in.)
PROVENANCE: A wedding present from the artist to a charge nurse at Napsbury Mental Hospital, where Wain resided from May 1930 until his death in 1939; Phillip's, Bury St. Edmunds,Pictures and Works of Art, 6th December 2000, lot 369.
The building in the background of the present work is clearly based on Napsbury Hospital where Wain was staying when he painted the picture. However, using poetic license, Wain has made numerous embellishments to the building.