ithell colquhoun magician born of nature
All texts copyright Richard Shillitoe

still life


Oil on canvas. 15¾ x 29¾in. (40.5 x 76.5cm.) Monogrammed and dated ’62. Provenance Sotheby’s, studio sale, 24 April 1985, lot 557, ill. b/w (photo reversed), as oil on paper. NT. Exhibited London, RWS Galleries ca. 1963, no. 89. Penzance, Newlyn Gallery, 1975, no. 110. This is one of the most elaborate of all Colquhoun’s still lifes. Generally, her compositions feature a small numbers of elements, generally a jug of flowers or no more than one or two pieces of fruit. The only still lifes that can compare with it are one or two from the early 1930s.