Charles Mahoney (1903-1968):
Portrait of Geoffrey Rhoades, 1930
Framed (ref: 5451)
Titled on a label to the reverse
Provenance: Geoffrey Rhoades, thence by descent
Literature: Llewellyn, Sacha, and Paul Liss. Portrait of an Artist. Liss Llewellyn, 2021, p.226.
Mahoney and Rhoades met in 1924 - whilst Mahoney was a student at the RCA, and Rhoades a student at the Slade.
In 1930, the date of this painting - according to the label on the reverse - Mahoney was lodged at 1, Kensington Crescent W14; Geoffrey Rhoades lived at number 14. Set in Mahoney's sitting room which also served as a studio, a (lost) composition of The Prodigal Son can be seen in the background, along with a stack of unpainted canvases.
In August 1930 Rhoades and Mahoney, along with Percy Horton, had a two week holiday in Marden, Kent. The former two would spend much of the winter helping Edward Bawden decorate Brick House in Great Bardfield, as part of Bawden's newly conceived idea to start an artist' colony there.