Mary, Lizzie, John and Garth, 1919-20
Framed (ref: 645)
Titled and dated on the reverse
Tempera on board, 11 x 9 1/2 in. (29.7 x 24.1 cm.)
Provenance: The artists family
In a painted step-section frame of the artist's own design
A closely related painting, from the same year, entitled The Fireside, is in the collection of the Tate, (T02248).
This intimate scene shows Leon's father John cradling Garth in front of a fireplace. The Tate painting shows the more traditional mother cradling a child. In both paintings, however, there is a sense of disquiet which is typical of Underwoods vision; the clothes and furnishings emphasise the modernity and mundanity of the scene.
Leon Underwood was a sculptor, painter, wood engraver and writer. He founded his own art school in London in 1921.