Sketch of an unknown bearded man by Kurt Schwitters

Schwitters began visiting Ambleside while on holiday in 1943 and moved there permanently due to ill health.


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.

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