The Blue Barge, Weymouth (1934)
Photo: Manchester Art Gallery / Bridgeman Images      
© Manchester Art Gallery / Bridgeman Images

The Blue Barge, Weymouth

1934

After the success of the Dorset Sea Ports show at the Redfern in 1933, Richard seems to have concentrated on making new work in 1934.

In a 1934 entry in his sales diary, Richard wrote:

'Blue Barge, Weymouth' - oil - 51x34 - from Redfern to Contemporary Art Society and presented to Tate Gallery. £100.

[Then in different ink]  Later presented to Manchester, but there seems to be some doubt over the presentation as it was definitely bought for the Tate.

We have no other information about this mix up, but there is a story in the Eurich …

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After the success of the Dorset Sea Ports show at the Redfern in 1933, Richard seems to have concentrated on making new work in 1934.

In a 1934 entry in his sales diary, Richard wrote:

'Blue Barge, Weymouth' - oil - 51x34 - from Redfern to Contemporary Art Society and presented to Tate Gallery. £100.

[Then in different ink]  Later presented to Manchester, but there seems to be some doubt over the presentation as it was definitely bought for the Tate.

We have no other information about this mix up, but there is a story in the Eurich family that says that the only reason Richard and Mavis could afford to get married in the September after the exhibition, was because of the sale of 'The Blue Barge' for 100 guineas to the Contemporary Art Society.

Reading the annual report of the Contemporary Art Society for 1934-35 we see that the man who had been supporting Richard in various ways since 1928, Edward Marsh, was on the Society's committee at that time.

REP-PB

'The Blue Barge, Weymouth" (1934) and 'The Ship, Inn' (1935) - aka 'The Ship Inn, Weymouth" - are sometimes confused with each other.

REP / PC

1959: "Repaired gaping cracks in sky for Manchester City Art Gallery."

RE sales diary

From an interview done for the Imperial War Museum in 1978:

"I did a painting from a barge at Weymouth in the harbour there which was the first large painting I did. When I say large, it was just over four feet by just over three feet. And they came along to see that and they said ‘Oh good heavens we must have that on view and get the Contemporary Art Society interested.’ And they bought it for a hundred pounds which was the first picture I had ever sold for a hundred pounds."

IWM interview

This artist's "Blue Barge" was voted the most popular of all the modern pictures exhibited by the British Institute of Adult Education in their experimental exhibitions in industrial areas.

Provenance

EXHIBITED | 12th Jul to 4th Aug 1934

"'Colour Prints by Sybil Andrews. Also Paintings by R. O. Dunlop, Basil Jonzen, Richard Eurich'" - Redfern Gallery, London

Cat 70; priced at 100 guineas

ACQUIRED | 1934

bought by the Contemporary Art Society

EXHIBITED | 28th Feb to 30th Mar 1935

"Richard Eurich" - Redfern Gallery, London

Cat 24, illustrated; NFS; lent by the Contemporary Art Society

NOTE | 1937

Voted the most popular of all the modern pictures exhibited by the British Institute of Adult Education in their experimental exhibitions in industrial areas.

GIFTED | 1938

Manchester Art Gallery, Manchester

by the Contemporary Art Society; accession number 1938.158

EXHIBITED | 1st Jun to 26th Aug 1951

"RETROSPECTIVE EXHIBITION OF OIL PAINTINGS by RICHARD EURICH, A.R.A." - City of Bradford Art Gallery, Cartwright Hall, Bradford

Cat 25 - lent by the Corporation of Manchester

EXHIBITED | 1st Mar to 30th Apr 2022

"Not Just Hockney: Past and Present [Digital exhibition]" - Bradford Big Screen, City Park, Bradford

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Provenance:

  • ACQUIRED - 1934 - bought by the Contemporary Art Society
  • GIFTED - 1938 - Manchester Art Gallery, Manchester
    by the Contemporary Art Society; accession number 1938.158

Exhibitions:

  • 12th Jul to 4th Aug 1934 - "'Colour Prints by Sybil Andrews. Also Paintings by R. O. Dunlop, Basil Jonzen, Richard Eurich'", Redfern Gallery, London
    Cat 70; priced at 100 guineas
  • 28th Feb to 30th Mar 1935 - "Richard Eurich", Redfern Gallery, London
    Cat 24, illustrated; NFS; lent by the Contemporary Art Society
  • 1st Jun to 26th Aug 1951 - "RETROSPECTIVE EXHIBITION OF OIL PAINTINGS by RICHARD EURICH, A.R.A.", City of Bradford Art Gallery, Cartwright Hall, Bradford
    Cat 25 - lent by the Corporation of Manchester
  • 1st Mar to 30th Apr 2022 - "Not Just Hockney: Past and Present [Digital exhibition]", Bradford Big Screen, City Park, Bradford

Notes:

  • 1937 - NOTE
    Voted the most popular of all the modern pictures exhibited by the British Institute of Adult Education in their experimental exhibitions in industrial areas.

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References:

  • The Art of Richard Eurich (Andrew Lambirth, pub. 2020: Lund Humphries, 170 colour illustrations, ISBN 9781848221727) [fig 24, pg 39]
  • Contemporary Art Society Report 1934-35 [illustrated page 2]
  • Bridgeman Images [Art and media image library] [view image]
  • Manchester Art Gallery [link]
  • Poet of the Beach (Peyton Skipwith, Country Life, 19 September 2020) [pg 143]
  • The Studio [colour reproduction Sept 1934]
  • The Artist (Sawkins Harold (Ed), Vol XI, No 6, August 1936) [p 182]
  • Art in Poole & Dorset [Chapter 9 - Richard Eurich in Dorset] (by Peter Davies, pub. Poole Historical Trust, 1987, ISBN 0950491462, 9780950491462) [fig. 76 pg. 126]
  • Art UK Curations 2 [Themed groups of works selected from the Art UK online catalogue by art professionals and members of the public.] [Artists and places: Richard Eurich in Dorset and Hampshire | curated by David Saywell, Head of Digital Assets, Art UK]
  • "The Listener" and  the other papers - black and white reproductions