Nash, Paul (1889-1946), 'Comment on Leda', Pencil, Chalk and Watercolour, 1935

'Comment on Leda', Pencil, Chalk and Watercolour, 1935

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Monogrammed ‘PN’ lower left.

The swan-like object was based on part of a cabriole chair, it also appears in a 1934 photograph by Nash ‘Still Life, A Chair Leg Beside Water’. The coincidence of finding swan-like objects in Swanage deeply appealed to Nash, he recounted ‘when walking up the Institute Road, I was attracted by an object in a turner’s shop window which seemed to resemble a swan in a peculiar degree’.


The swan formed a part of the private imagery Nash and Eileen Agar shared in their letters and drawings to each other during their affair, hence his gifting of this watercolour to her.

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Paper Size 28 x 39.5 cm
Provenance Eileen Agar, gift from the artist
Exhibited Redfern Gallery, London, 1935; The Fine Art Society, London, 2004; Tate Gallery, London, 2016
Literature ‘Paul Nash, The Painter’s Object,’ 1937, p.115; ‘Paul Nash’, Tate Gallery, 2016, p. 131
Reference Andrew Causey, ‘Paul Nash’, 1980, p.431 & 527, cat. no. 830

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