Property from an Important Private American Collection
Francis Campbell Boileau Cadell, RSA RSW (British, 1883-1937)
The Artist's Drawing Room signed and dated 'FCB Cadell '12' (lower right) oil on canvas 63.5 x 76 cm. (25 x 30 in.)
PROVENANCE: With W.B. Simpson, Glasgow Private Collection, Scotland With Duncan R. Miller Fine Arts, London
EXHIBITED: Edinburgh, Royal Scottish Academy, Three Scottish Colourists, August-September 1949 London, Fine Art Society, Centenary Exhibition, 1983, no. 21 London, Duncan R. Miller Fine Arts, The Scottish Colourists, 29 June - 29 July 2000
Cadell acquired his studio in George St., Edinburgh, in 1909, and the first exhibition of the progressive Society of Eight (featuring John Lavery, PW Adam and James Paterson among others disillusioned with the R.S.A.) was held in 1912. Studio interiors were becoming Cadell's key theme, and his love of fine objects is clear as he constructed an environment which reflected his own tastes and the social milieu in which he moved. A black polished floor enhanced the rich effect, and pure colour emerges from the pale white and mauve colour scheme.