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Cerne Abbas

Randolph Schwabe (1885-1948)


Signed, inscribed with title and dated 1937

Pencil and watercolour

11 x 15 ½ inches

'A Century of British Art: 1900-1945', Chris Beetles Gallery, 21 June-17 July 2021, No 135

Randolph Schwabe spent a considerable part of the summer of 1937 drawing in Cerne Abbas, Dorset, which was one of his favourite places. He noted in his diary for Saturday 31 July:

Left for Cerne Abbas ...We stay at the Pitch Market, facing the Church door in Abbey Street. It is a half-timbered house, with a little 15th century carving left on it, and two 15th-century fireplaces. Mrs Jarrett runs it as a 'guest-house'.

The present drawing was made from the first floor of the Pitch Market, and shows the south side of the former abbey church of 121 St Mary and the roofs of houses in Long Street.

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