Study for Vespertino pencil 51.5 x 37.5 cm. (20 1/4 x 14 3/4 in.)
Vespertino was executed by Edward Wadsworth in 1937 but this intriguing tempera work, which is illustrated in Johnathan Black's recent monograph of the artist (cat.no.345), was lost without trace during the Second World War. The present pencil drawing is a detailed study which appears almost exactly the same in size and composition. Study for Vespertino draws on the artists own collection of marine objects to create a typically surreal image, the rope hanging down from the letterbox displaying an air of weightlessness and illusion. In the abscence of an original, Study for Vespertino stands as an important work in the history of Wadsworth's art.