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Provenance

Austin Wakeford, circa 1935
His sale, Christies, 21st April 1950, lot 145, purchased by,
Dr H.P. Widdup
with Gomer and Millard Gallery
Miss Jane Bennion
Sale, Sotheby's, London, 23rd April 1969, lot 65, purchased by,
'Wolfson'
with Roland, Browse and Delbanco, London
Sale, Christie's, London, 10th June 1983, lot 161, purchased by,
Private Collection, UK

Exhibitions

London, Redfern Gallery, Watercolours and Drawings by Paul Nash, 1935, cat no.18

Literature

Margot Eates (ed.), Paul Nash: Paintings, Drawings and Illustrations, Lund Humphries, London, p.52
Adrew Causey, Paul Nash, Oxford, 1980, p.434, cat no.864

Description

This drawing was executed in 1935 when Nash and his wife Margaret were living in lodgings at No.2 The Parade, on the Swanage seafront. Nash was fascinated by this part of the Dorset coast and its varied surrounding landscapes and he worked tirelessly to capture its mysterious geological character. The Swanage period was undoubtedly one of Nash's most productive and is distinguished by his exploration into Surrealist imagery (The chapter that deals with this period in his autobiography is entitled Swanage or Seaside Surrealism). However, even the simpler views such as the one captured in Swanage, Low Tide are progressive works of acute observation. Margot Eastes notes Nash's 'immensely heigthened perception' in the two 'crowded' years spent in Swanage, during which time he also carried out a commission to compile and edit The Shell Guide to Dorset (1936).