A chalk drawing from Hammersmith and Fulham council’s archives is one of the highlights of a major new exhibition at the Tate celebrating Vincent van Gogh and his links to Britain.
The nude study, drawn in 1886 by Fulham artist Archibald Stanley Hartrick, has been loaned by the borough to the Van Gogh and Britain exhibition which runs until August.
Hartrick, who lived at 75 Clancarty Road, Fulham, studied in the same Paris studio as Van Gogh.
The drawing in the Tate Britain show is on exactly the same watermarked paper as several of Van Gogh’s pieces, and features the same model that the illustrious Dutch post-Impressionist sketched.
“We’re delighted to lend Tate Britain one of the most important works in the borough’s archive for this landmark exhibition,” said Cllr Andrew Jones, cabinet member for the economy and the arts.
“As well as helping to inform visitors about Van Gogh, this drawing provides important recognition for a highly skilled Fulham artist who was one of his contemporaries.”
This collaboration with the Tate Britain is a result of the council’s arts strategy, which aims to develop the borough into one of the leading arts destinations in the country.
It follows an innovative partnership with Watts Gallery in Guildford to restore a number of works from its Cecil French collection last year, which were later part of a landmark exhibition.