Il Campo, Siena
Watercolour and pencil; signed and dated 82.
12.75 x 21.75 inches
with J.S. Maas and Co
Private Collection, UK
John Ward, The Paintings of John Ward, David & Charles, London, 1991
'For three weeks I sat with the pigeons - anxiously with those perched above, on the best of terms with those who pecked around my feet. The stall and cart were regular sitters, the canopy of the stall changing slightly, but ever good in shape. The dip and curve of the Campo in simple contrast to the splendour of the Palazzo. The rooftops a constant mixture of every cubist shape, which the light played upon, highlighting and enlarging and then diminishing the shapes. The figures pounced upon and sketched at speed, and the lovely litter of stall produce joining the disorder of humanity. One of those drawings that grew, and was wonderful to do.'