Schwitters began visiting Ambleside while on holiday in 1943 and moved there permanently due to ill health.
Sketch of an unknown bearded man by Kurt Schwitters, 1940s
© DACS, London 2007
- Pencil on paper
- 26.7 x 18.4 cm
- Art Fund grant:
- £1,500 ( Total: £2,000)
- Acquired in:
- Mrs Sally Pitt
While there, he painted landscapes and portraits and often painted people's portrait instead of paying a bill. Perhaps the unknown man was a Cumbrian, perhaps a fellow prisoner-of-war, perhaps this was sketched in exchange for a free meal. The movement within the sketch, the rapidity with which it was clearly drawn is a reminder of Schwitters' energy for art and immediacy.
Mrs George Mackereth, 1940s; by descent to Mrs Sally Pitt of Windermere.