Spring morning, Merton, 1932
Framed (ref: 31)
Signed and dated; titled on the overlap
Oil on canvas; original white gesso Dutch Ripple frame, 40 x 58 in. (101.5 x 147.5 cm.)
Provenance: Christie's, Harry Bush Studio Sale, 28.9.84, lot 53
Exhibited: London, Royal Academy, 1932, no. 588
Literature: Nicholas Alfrey, Stephen Daniels and Martin Postle (eds.), The Art of the Garden: The Garden in British Art, 1800 to the Present Day, Tate, 2004, (fig. 47, illustrated p. 85)
Bush lived at 19 Queensland Avenue, Merton Park, SW19, in a custom-built house with an extra storey for his studio. Bush saw the ancestry of his art in the quiet dignity of Dutch and Flemish domestic scenes, and, as his younger daughter recalled, mixed pigments and oils, 'so that his work should mellow, glow and last, and if possible, improve' (The Art of the Garden, Tate, 2004, p. 85). Most of his twenty-seven Royal Academy exhibits (1922-54) were based on local subjects, earning him the epithet 'Painter of the Suburbs'. Amongst this series are some of the most beautiful, if understated, images of suburban London between the wars. An almost identical painting by Bush was included in the recent Tate Britain show The Art of the Garden (illustrated on page 85 of the catalogue, fig. 47).