Portrait of Thomas Good (III) signed with initials 'MS' (lower left) oil on canvas 76 x 63.5 cm. (30 x 25 in.) Painted circa 1950
PROVENANCE: With Crane Kalman Gallery, London Sale; Sotheby's, London, 21 May 1986, lot 229 With Roy Miles Gallery, London, where purchased by the present owners family in the late 1980s
EXHIBITED: London, The Leicester Galleries, Artists of Fame and Promise, August - September 1954 Chichester, Pallant House Gallery, Matthew Smith: Flamboyant Colour, 12 October 2002 - 12 January 2003
LITERATURE: John Gledhill, Matthew Smith, Catalogue Raisonné of the Oil Paintings, Lund Humphries, Surrey, 2009, cat.no.661, p.245 (ill b&w)
The poet and literary figure Thomas Good was born near Nottingham in 1901 before moving to Aix-en-Provence, France in the 1930s. He returned to London after the war to lecture and write, publishing a volume of his poetry, Out of Circumstance in 1954, where he met and sat for Smith. This is the largest of at least three portraits of Good painted by Smith in around 1950.