Harry Epworth Allen:
Preparing the Ground, late 1920s
Framed (ref: 495)
Tempera on paper, 6 1/4 x 8 5/8 in. (16 x 22 cm.)
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Provenance: Michael Whitehall since the 1980s
Literature: John Basford, Harry Epworth Allen, Rowsley, Derbyshire, 2007, repr. p. 87In a fine gilded oak frame
Although by the late 1920s Allen had already found the powerful and coherent style of painting that would characterise his work for the next four decades, he was at this time still employed as Arthur Balfour’s confidential secretary. Only in 1931, when he was made redundant, did he take up painting full time.
This is a study for the painting The Allotment. The scene is probably near Whiteley Woods, Sheffield.
We are grateful to John Basford for his help in cataloguing this painting.