Continental Port (1939)
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Continental Port

1939

"My father was a chaplain on the beaches of Dunkirk. He was from Yorkshire and my mother went to Bradford School of Art, where she knew Richard Eurich. In 1951 my father used his war bonus to purchase this picture from the artist at an exhibition in Bradford. It had been exhibited at The Royal Academy in the Spring exhibition of 1948. Eurich drew my father's attention to the story the picture tells. The omen of war is depicted by the peaceful tall masted ship coming into the safety of the harbour, and a black-smoked camouflaged warship sets out. The …

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"My father was a chaplain on the beaches of Dunkirk. He was from Yorkshire and my mother went to Bradford School of Art, where she knew Richard Eurich. In 1951 my father used his war bonus to purchase this picture from the artist at an exhibition in Bradford. It had been exhibited at The Royal Academy in the Spring exhibition of 1948. Eurich drew my father's attention to the story the picture tells. The omen of war is depicted by the peaceful tall masted ship coming into the safety of the harbour, and a black-smoked camouflaged warship sets out. The red masted ship is a Channel Light Ship, which were all brought in to harbour in case war should break out. Eurich also placed Athena, Goddess of War overlooking the harbour, where the fishing vessels are drying out their nets. Eurich told my father that the painting was a composite from sketches he made while on a summer freighter cruise visiting the various channel ports only a month or so before war was declared. The "D" on the ships were for Dunkirk"

Vendor at Bonham's auction / REP

Some of the venues and dates in various records of this work do not match, so it is difficult to be sure which ones are correct. The RA list the painting as being shown in the 1942 summer show rather than 1948. Richard mentions selling the painting in 1947 in his diary (see comment below) but has it down as being sold in 1948 in his sales diary, although if the work was sold late in 1948, he may not have received the payment until early in 1949.

REP

Judging from the price realised at the 2010 auction of this painting, it is much appreciated these days. RE valued it highly too just after he painted it, putting a high price of £200 on it when it was first exhibited in 1941. However, according to a note in RE's diary in 1947, it was not so popular in the forties: “Telegram from Nan Kivell [of the Redfern Gallery] saying there was an offer of £75 for the `Continental Port ‘ (40x50). I decided to accept this if he consented as the picture has been everywhere and we must get …

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Judging from the price realised at the 2010 auction of this painting, it is much appreciated these days. RE valued it highly too just after he painted it, putting a high price of £200 on it when it was first exhibited in 1941. However, according to a note in RE's diary in 1947, it was not so popular in the forties: “Telegram from Nan Kivell [of the Redfern Gallery] saying there was an offer of £75 for the `Continental Port ‘ (40x50). I decided to accept this if he consented as the picture has been everywhere and we must get rid of it."

RE diary entry

My Uncle who owned the picture [Continental Port] was a Doctor with his practice with a partner in Queensbury. His name was Dr Allan Glenn. He retired from his Practice in 1948 when the National Health Service Started. As I recall when I lived with him he must have worked with or knew well Dr Frederick William Eurich as he often spoke about him. He must have known Richard as well as we often went to his Exhibitions. I remember one at Cartwright Hall which we went to; I think I remember meeting Richard there but I may be mistaken. …

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My Uncle who owned the picture [Continental Port] was a Doctor with his practice with a partner in Queensbury. His name was Dr Allan Glenn. He retired from his Practice in 1948 when the National Health Service Started. As I recall when I lived with him he must have worked with or knew well Dr Frederick William Eurich as he often spoke about him. He must have known Richard as well as we often went to his Exhibitions. I remember one at Cartwright Hall which we went to; I think I remember meeting Richard there but I may be mistaken. Uncle was very interested in Richard's Work and I suppose this I why I love it too.

Provenance

EXHIBITED | 12th Mar to 5th Apr 1941

"Richard Eurich" - Redfern Gallery, London

Cat 15; priced at 200 guineas

EXHIBITED | 4th May to 8th Aug 1942

"Summer Exhibition 1942" - Royal Academy of Arts, London

Cat 112

EXHIBITED | 8th Apr to 1st May 1943

"Richard Eurich, A.R.A., Wenceslaus Hollar, Durer & Rembrandt. French Paintings" - Redfern Gallery, London

Cat 29; priced at 150 guineas

EXHIBITED | Oct to November 1943

"New English Art Club 94th Exhibition (Winter)" - RBA Galleries, Suffolk St Gallery, Pall Mall East, London

Cat 316

EXHIBITED | 23rd Mar 1945

"Fifty Second Spring Exhibition" - Cartwright Hall, Bradford Art Gallery

ACQUIRED | 1948

purchased from the Redfern Gallery for £75 [ Re sales diary entry 253]

AUCTIONED | 29th Sep 2010

"20th Century British Art", Bonhams, New Bond St., London

lot 24, illustrated; sold for £66,000 inc. premium

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Provenance:

  • ACQUIRED - 1948 - purchased from the Redfern Gallery for £75 [ Re sales diary entry 253]
  • AUCTIONED - 29th Sep 2010 - "20th Century British Art", Bonhams, New Bond St., London
    lot 24, illustrated; sold for £66,000 inc. premium

Exhibitions:

  • 12th Mar to 5th Apr 1941 - "Richard Eurich", Redfern Gallery, London
    Cat 15; priced at 200 guineas
  • 4th May to 8th Aug 1942 - "Summer Exhibition 1942", Royal Academy of Arts, London
    Cat 112
  • 8th Apr to 1st May 1943 - "Richard Eurich, A.R.A., Wenceslaus Hollar, Durer & Rembrandt. French Paintings", Redfern Gallery, London
    Cat 29; priced at 150 guineas
  • Oct to November 1943 - "New English Art Club 94th Exhibition (Winter)", RBA Galleries, Suffolk St Gallery, Pall Mall East, London
    Cat 316
  • 23rd Mar 1945 - "Fifty Second Spring Exhibition", Cartwright Hall, Bradford Art Gallery

Notes:

  • None recorded.

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References:

  • Continental Port (1939) (Dane Fine Art Auctions, Philadelphia, USA, pub. March 2021: Invaluable, Online auction of vintage lithographic print, Lot 1367)