John Cecil Stephenson (1889-1965):
Framed (ref: 11034)
Egg tempera on board
26 1⁄2 x 20 in. (67.3 x 50.8 cm)
Provenance: Purchased from the artist by the current owner
"‘Steamboat’ (Cecil) was my art teacher for five years at the Department of Architecture in the Northern Poly. He took us to the V & A on Fridays to draw many of the exhibits there. I was well acquainted with his studio and workshop in Hampstead. Before my Finals I asked if he would paint me a copy of his abstract, now in the Tate. As a student I could not afford his fee, so he suggested a two thirds sized copy for £60. I still have it, together with his letter telling me it was finished. A lasting memory of a quiet and methodical teacher.’
We are grateful to Tony Mould for assistance.