Signed: Robert Bevan
Oil on canvas, 22 by 26 ins (56 by 66 cm)
Provenance: with Stanislawa Bevan (the artist?s widow) in 1925; thence by descent
Exhibited: Goupil Gallery, c.1924 (cat. 152), as "Colehill, Devon"; Goupil Gallery, c.1926, Bevan Memorial Exhibition (cat. 153); New English Art Club, 73rd Exhibition, Spring Garden Gallery, London (cat. 8) As "Colehill, Devon"; Exhibition of British Painting since 1900, May-June 1940, Town Hall, Bridgend, cat. 5.
One of the founder members of the Camden Town Group, Sir Philip Hendy, a former director of the National Gallery in London, referred to Bevan as ?perhaps the first Englishman to use pure colour in the twentieth century?. For the last decade of his life he was strongly attracted to the patterned landscape of the Devon/Somerset border painting a number of outstanding landscapes of the Blackdown Hills, the Bolham Valley and nearby Luppitt (the subject of the present work).
I am extremely grateful to Patrick Baty for his assistance.