T01915 COLLAGE 1949
Inscribed 1949 ‘Nigel Henderson 1949’ b.r.
Oil and photogaphic collage mounted on card, 13 3/16×15 (33.7×38.1)
Purchased from the artist (Gytha Trust) 1974
The following notes on T.1915, T.1916 and T.1939 are based on a conversation with the artist (15 January 1976), and approved by him.
T.1915 was executed either at the Slade School of Fine Art or at the artist's house at 46 Chisenhale Road, Bethnal Green, London.
After leaving the Royal Air Force in 1945 Nigel Henderson attended the Slade for 4 years where he met Eduardo Paolozzi and in his last year became interested in photography. Besides taking, in particular, photographs of Bethnal Green and graffiti in Paris, Henderson produced photographs by a non-conventional method which he considers to have been related to Paolozzi's work (see below). Gouache or a suspension of plaster in water was applied to sheets of glass with a brush or by being dripped on, and when dry, he ‘doodled’ on the coated glass, making lines by scratching with a nail or a point of a pair of dividers or a compass. Coffee grounds were sometimes added to the gouache…