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Polruan, Cornwall

Karl Hagedorn (1889-1969)


Inscribed 'Polruan' and dated 1932 below mount
Inscribed with title and dated 1932 on reverse

Watercolour and pencil

12 ¾ x 19 ½ inches

'A Century of British Art: 1900-1945', Chris Beetles Gallery, 21 June-17 July 2021, No 134

In the summer of 1932, Karl Hagedorn, Randolph Schwabe and their wives holidayed on the south coast of Cornwall. The drawings that they made – including Hagedorn’s Polruan, Cornwall and Schwabe’s Hall Farm and Hall Chapel, Bodinnick, Cornwall – suggest that they stayed on or near the River Fowey, and probably on a farm at Pont. They may have been drawn to the area by the enthusiasm of fellow artist, Frances Hodgkins, who had stayed at The Rook, Bodinnick, for two periods of the winter and spring of 1931-32, and had written to Hagedorn of the ‘sheer enjoyment’ that she had experienced when spending days painting in the woods (Linda Gill (ed), Letters of Frances Hodgkins, Auckland University Press, 1993, page 464: 6 March 1932). Schwabe exhibited his drawings at a solo show at Barbizon House, London, in November 1932.


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