Dora Carrington
  • A boat tied to shore in a harbour -

    Watercolour over pencil, 12 by 9¡¡ ins (30 by 24 cm)
    Provenance: With the Upper Grosvenor Gallery, 1970

    In 1970, nearly forty years after her death, the Upper Grosvenor Gallery gave Carrington her first proper show as an artist. The present drawing comes from a sketchbook that formed part of that exhibition and is a fine example of her mature work. Contrasting with the more sophisticated depiction of the boat and the harbour¡¯s jetty are rows of houses on the shore behind which are more reminiscent of the naive-influenced art of Ben Nicholson, or his inspiration Alfred Wallis. Although not particularly associated with these artists, Carrington was strongly influenced by native and naive British art. Evidence of this can be seen particularly in her fine decorative schemes, such as her tile designs, pub signs and murals
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