Rare work from Hennel’s period of “Madness”
Hennell, Thomas (1903-1945)
150 by 200mm (6 by 7¾ inches).
Water colour on paper,
Provenance: Artist’s sister
Michael Macleod, Thomas Hennell. Countryman, Artist, Writer, Cambridge University Press, 1988
On the 31st August 1932 Hennel was placed in Stone Hospital, Aylesbury, the first of three secure psychiatric hospitals. This image of figures overwhelmed by deluge could illustrate or presage the artist’s illness. In the same year (1932) he met Eric Ravilious and Edward Bawden, their influence may explain this picture’s uncharacteristic modernism.
His work is represented in numerous public collections, including Bethlem Royal Hospital, the Government Art Collection, Imperial College, the Imperial War Museum, the National Maritime Museum, the Royal Air Force Museum, Tate and the V&A; Bristol Museum and Art Gallery, Cheltenham Art Gallery & Museum, Ferens Art Gallery (Hull), Graves Gallery (Sheffield), Laing Art Gallery (Newcastle upon Tyne), Manchester Art Gallery and Southampton Art Gallery; and National Museum Wales (Cardiff).