Embarkation (1936)
Photo: RE cutting from "The Studio", Nov 1936 / Goupil Gallery      
© Public Domain

Embarkation

1936

"Sold to Leeds Gallery in Oct. Reproduced in “Studio” in colour in November" [Leeds Art Gallery do not have any record of ever buying this painting, so its whereabouts is still unknown.]

RE diary, 1936

This painting seems to be a composite with some elements copied from source materials and others imagined. The ship was probably copied from one of RE's postcards - the Maella, a Norwegian full rigged ship from 1885. See the image below. We believe that the building in the painting may be based on the Lion Brewery that stood between Waterloo and Westminster bridges in Lambeth / Southwark, London. See the references below. The rural scene in the background and the castle on the left are clearly not central London of course. The Lion Brewery was demolished in 1949 to make …

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This painting seems to be a composite with some elements copied from source materials and others imagined. The ship was probably copied from one of RE's postcards - the Maella, a Norwegian full rigged ship from 1885. See the image below. We believe that the building in the painting may be based on the Lion Brewery that stood between Waterloo and Westminster bridges in Lambeth / Southwark, London. See the references below. The rural scene in the background and the castle on the left are clearly not central London of course. The Lion Brewery was demolished in 1949 to make way for the Royal Festival Hall. The lion shown in the references now sits on a plinth at the end of Westminster Bridge. The lion in RE's painting however is not an exact copy of the one on top of the brewery. The tail of RE's lion could not have been made in coade stone. It is more likely to have been inspired by the brass candlestick lion that used to sit in the family's dining room display cabinet. It had a rough patch on its head where the candle holder had been sawn off!

Provenance

EXHIBITED | May to June 1936

"Goupil Summer Show" - The French Gallery, 11 Berkeley Sq, London

Cat 44; priced at £25.5.0

EXHIBITED | 8th to 31st Oct 1936

"Recent Paintings by Richard Eurich" - Redfern Gallery, London

Cat 9; priced at 28 guineas

ACQUIRED | 1936

according to Richard's sales diary the painting was bought for £29-18-0 and presented to Leeds City Art Gallery, but they have no record of ever having received the work

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Provenance:

  • ACQUIRED - 1936 - according to Richard's sales diary the painting was bought for £29-18-0 and presented to Leeds City Art Gallery, but they have no record of ever having received the work

Exhibitions:

  • May to June 1936 - "Goupil Summer Show", The French Gallery, 11 Berkeley Sq, London
    Cat 44; priced at £25.5.0
  • 8th to 31st Oct 1936 - "Recent Paintings by Richard Eurich", Redfern Gallery, London
    Cat 9; priced at 28 guineas

Notes:

  • None recorded.

Sketches  

Instead of a sketch Richard used this postcard of the ship Maella as the blueprint for the ship in the painting above. To the right are some other paintings with most or some of the details drawn from a postcard.

Instead of a sketch Richard used this postcard of the ship Maella as the blueprint for the ship in the painting above. To the right are some other paintings with most or some of the details drawn from a postcard.

 

The lion in the painting above may have been inspired by the brass candlestick lion that used to sit in the family's dining room display cabinet. It had a rough patch on its head where the candle holder had been sawn off!

The lion in the painting above may have been inspired by the brass candlestick lion that used to sit in the family's dining room display cabinet. It had a rough patch on its head where the candle holder had been sawn off!
Image © Richard Eurich Paintings

Other  

Also partly painted from a post card. Click title to view.

The Wreck of the 'Madeleine Tristan', Chesil Beach (1934)
Also partly painted from a post card. Click title to view.
Image © Bonhams

 

Also partly painted from a post card. Click title to view.

A. Vincent, Son and Grandsons (1949-50)
Also partly painted from a post card. Click title to view.

 

Also partly painted from a post card. Click title to view.

Eurydice (1936)
Also partly painted from a post card. Click title to view.
Image © Richard Eurich Paintings

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