Thunderstorm over London (1959-60)
Photo: Crispin Eurich      
© Richard Eurich Paintings

Thunderstorm over London

1959-60

Oil on canvas
40.5 x 101.5 cm

Whereabouts unknown

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Recto: Signed lower right: R Eurich. ’59 60

Aka: Thunderstorm over London [Bradford]; Thunder-storm [RA]; Thunderstorm [REP]; Thunder Storm [REP]

London The South UK bad weather bird's eye view black cloud buidlings chimneys clock tower clouds footbridge railway line smoke storm storm clouds tracks weather

When we were adding the installation photos of the Bradford 1979-80 retrospective to the catalogue, we saw, small in the frame, a painting hanging on one of the screens which we eventually identified as 'Thunderstorm' aka 'Thunderstorm over London'. We noticed, however, that the proportions of the picture on display were very different from the shape of the the black and white photo we already had of it. See image below (very fuzzy from the enlargement) and compare it to the image above.

After scratching our heads for some time, we have concluded that Richard has probably sawn off a …

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When we were adding the installation photos of the Bradford 1979-80 retrospective to the catalogue, we saw, small in the frame, a painting hanging on one of the screens which we eventually identified as 'Thunderstorm' aka 'Thunderstorm over London'. We noticed, however, that the proportions of the picture on display were very different from the shape of the the black and white photo we already had of it. See image below (very fuzzy from the enlargement) and compare it to the image above.

After scratching our heads for some time, we have concluded that Richard has probably sawn off a bit of the original painting, and possibly  tweaked some of the details too. We won't be able to confirm that until we can track down the whereabouts of the work or see a good quality photo of the cropped version.

There is at least one other instance of Richard drastically amputating part of a painting. See The Tram to Howarth (1968).

Provenance

EXHIBITED | 30th Apr to 14th Aug 1960

"Summer Exhibition 1960" - Royal Academy of Arts, London

Cat 532; as 'Thunder-storm'

ACQUIRED | 1971

purchased from the Ash Barn Gallery for £275

EXHIBITED | 25th Nov 1979 to 20th Jan 1980

"Richard Eurich, RA - A Retrospective Exhibition" - Bradford City Art Gallery / Cartwright Hall, Bradford    (toured Glasgow, London, Southampton)

Cat 60

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Provenance:

  • ACQUIRED - 1971 - purchased from the Ash Barn Gallery for £275

Exhibitions:

  • 30th Apr to 14th Aug 1960 - "Summer Exhibition 1960", Royal Academy of Arts, London
    Cat 532; as 'Thunder-storm'
  • 25th Nov 1979 to 20th Jan 1980 - "Richard Eurich, RA - A Retrospective Exhibition", Bradford City Art Gallery / Cartwright Hall, Bradford    (toured Glasgow, London, Southampton)
    Cat 60

Notes:

  • None recorded.

Related  

A tiny section of a photo showing a 'Thunderstorm over London' in the 1979-80 Richard Eurich retrospective. Compare the shape with the main photo above and see the comments section.

A tiny section of a photo showing a 'Thunderstorm over London' in the 1979-80 Richard Eurich retrospective. Compare the shape with the main photo above and see the comments section.
Image © Bradford District Museums and Galleries

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