Near Marseilles signed 'Edward Wadsworth' (lower left) watercolour and pencil on paper laid on board 31.8 x 34.9 cm. (12 1/2 x 13 3/4 in.) Executed in 1922
PROVENANCE: Acquired by the present owner in the mid 1990s
The period from January of 1921 through to 1923, can be considered transitionary for Wadsworth. Following the death of his father he inherited close to a quarter of a million pounds which afforded the artist the luxury of dedicating himself full time to the pursuit of painting. He started to experiment with both medium and style; he began to favour tempera, which was to dominate his output henceforth and to work in a post-cubist aesthetic; elements of which he would revisit on various occasions throughout his career. One such formative work was Near Marseilles (once in the collection of Eric Kennington) which was painted on his first extended trip to the region in the spring of 1922. The present lot is almost certainly a preparatory work for this canvas.
We are grateful to Dr. Jonathan Black for his assistance in cataloguing this lot.