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The Happy Family

Adrian Allinson (1890-1959)


Signed with monogram and inscribed with title

Pen ink and watercolour on board

12 ¾ x 9 inches

Carfax Gallery, London

'A Century of British Art: 1900-1945', Chris Beetles Gallery, 21 June-17 July 2021, No 19

'This "dangerous talent", as Tonks termed it, was turned to good use when he embarked upon caricature especially in those of his fellow artists; one of his earliest submissions to the New English Art Club, entitled The Happy Family, was in the manner of Max Beerbohm and depicted the teaching staff of the Slade – Steer as the père de famille holding Walter Russell by the hand, Tonks pushing a pram containing a sailor-suited Professor Brown with Derwent Lees as a dog completing the group. Not surprisingly with its Slade bias the Jury rejected the caricature but Arthur Clifton sold it at the Carfax Gallery.' (Peyton Skipwith, 'Adrian Allinson. A Restless Talent', The Connoisseur, August 1978, page 266)