ithell colquhoun magician born of nature
All texts copyright Richard Shillitoe

rock pool


Pen and black ink with black wash. 18 x 12¾in. (45.9 x 32.5cm.) Provenance NT, then the British Museum: Accession No: 1990-11-9-148. Exhibited London, Mayor Gallery, 1947, (drawings), no. 2. Penzance, Newlyn Gallery, 1976, no. 43. As was her common practice in her later years, Colquhoun inscribed the frames of earlier works with the title, medium and year. She must have been relying on her memory as she frequently made errors. This is one such instance. She inscribed the original frame with the title, c. 1948 and “automatism: entoptic graphomania”. However, the automatic technique is clearly superautomatism, as given in the pricelist for the 1976 Newlyn retrospective, which also dates the work to 1947, the year it was first exhibited. The original frame has been removed and replaced by a British Museum mount.