Literature:Mary Chamot, Dennis Farr and Martin Butlin, The Modern British Paintings, Drawings and Sculpture, London 1964.
Street scene was started in 1933 – and completed in 1939 at which point Tate acquired it.
The artist said in 1956 that there had been many preliminary studies, but these had disappeared and he had no record of them. The scene was not a specific street, but a composition based on various sketches done from memory. A drawing of a London Street Scene’ reproduced in the Studio, CIX, 1935, p.90, may be a variation of a similar theme. A squared-up study for the old fiddler dated 1934 was in the Arts Council Memorial exhibition 1958 (52), as well as other studies, People’ 1934 (26), Study for a Street Scene’ c. 1928 (39), and a drawing (unnumbered) lent by Sir Kenneth Clark.
‘The Street Scene’ at Tate.