Bird Market in Paris
Oil on board; signed, inscribed verso with artist's address
17 x 31 inches
Hertfordshire County Council
A similar, smaller painting by Price done at the same time is in the Usher Gallery, Lincolnshire. It was purchased in 1953, giving us a date for ours. Shortly afterwards, Price moved to New York to design for Wedgwood in America. The Paris Bird Market still takes place on Sundays on L’Île de la Cité. Our painting was in the collection of Hertfordshire Council, which was started in 1949 at the initiative of Sir John Newsom, the influential educational reformer and Hertfordshire’s Chief Education Officer from 1940 to 1957. The aim was to establish an art collection which was suitable to be used by children in schools. This picture was deaccessioned by the Council.