Canal Basin signed with monogram and dated '29' (lower right) oil on canvas 50 x 90 cm. (19 3/4 x 35 1/2 in.)
PROVENANCE: Private Collection, U.K.
EXHIBITED: Sheffield, Graves City Art Gallery, Algernon Newton R.A. (1880-1968), 26 July - 26 August 1980, no.17; this exhibition travelled to Plymouth, City Art Gallery & Museum, 13 September - 12 October 1980 and London, Royal Academy of Arts, 1 November - 7 December 1980
LITERATURE: Sheffield City Art Galleries, Algernon Newton R.A. 1880-1968, 1980, exh.cat (col.ill)
'There is beauty to be found in everything, you only have to search for it: a gasometer can make as beautiful a picture as a palace on the Grand Canal, Venice, it simply depends on the artist's vision' (Sheffield City Art Galleries, Algernon Newton R.A. 1880-1968, 1980, exh.cat, p.1).
During the 1920s, Newton spent much time considering what London offered him as an artist and looking for subject matter. Despite the grand buildings and great streets that were at his disposal, it was to the neglected inner suburbs, derelict industrial buildings and forgotten waterways that he turned. The Regent's Canal in Camden Town and Kentish Town were full of individual character and the likely location of the present work.