signed with monogram (lower left) and inscribed and dated 'CALAIS/ 1913' (lower right)
pencil and watercolour heightened with bodycolour on paper with an unidentified watermark
1158 x 712 in. (29.6 x 19 cm.)
Geoffrey Hutchinson Q.C. (Lord Ilford).
with The Fine Art Society, London, where purchased by the present owner.
Birmingham, City Museum & Art Gallery, Joseph Southall, 8 August - 30 September 1980, no. F.30.
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The present drawing was taken from a sketchbook, and worked up into a highly finished watercolour. It corresponds closely to a photograph of this scene taken by Southall, giving an interesting insight into his working methods. The closely cropped composition and the bustling figures in the foreground give a sense of the hectic life of the port town, while the dog looking out at us to the lower left pauses to draw us in.

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