Swanage

Charles Edward Conder (1868 - 1909)

Oil on cardboard

c.1899-1901
  • About the work

    Conder stayed at Swanage, Dorset, with Augustus John in the early summer of 1900, during which time he made a series of oil sketches of the coast. Today, examples of his views of Swanage and the surrounding area can be found in the Tate (three versions), Manchester City Galleries and the National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne.

    There is an oil sketch of a nude woman on the verso of this work.

  • About the artist
    Charles Edward Conder was a portrait, landscape painter, printmaker and illustrator. However, he is best known for his watercolours on silk and fan paintings. The son of a civil engineer, Conder was born in London but spent his early childhood in India. At the age of 17 he joined his uncle in Australia and later obtained a post at ‘The Illustrated Sydney News’. He studied painting in Sydney and Melbourne. Conder later moved to Paris to study and exhibited in Paris from 1892 for the rest of his life. In 1893, he became a member of the New English Art Club and settled in London in 1897. He was forced to give up painting in 1906 and, after a long period of illness, died at Virginia Water in 1909.
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  • Details
    Title
    Swanage
    Date
    c.1899-1901
    Medium
    Oil on cardboard
    Dimensions
    height: 38.30 cm, width: 49.50 cm
    Acquisition
    Purchased from Leicester Galleries, March 1957
    Inscription
    bl: A mon ami / D Whitelaw souvenir affectueux de / Charles Conder [To my friend D Whitelaw an affectionate souvenir of Charles Conder)
    Provenance
    Collection of ‘Col. F. Beddington’; from whom purchased by the Leicester Galleries, London; from whom purchased by the Ministry of Works in March 1957
    GAC number
    3729