Kitchen-Sink Painting. 1942-58

The Kitchen

  • Ink on paper
  • 37.5 x 27 cms
  • 1943

The Kitchen

The earliest surviving drawings of Derrick Greaves date from his childhood in Sheffield and show an astonishing facility. Presciently, given his early fame as a Kitchen-Sink painter, this precocious talent is nowhere more evident than in The Kitchen (c.1943).

Drawn at the family home in Mitchell Road, Sheffield, this drawing in green ink may owe much to Camden Town School picture-making and especially the marks of Harold Gilman, but it is still an extraordinary achievement for an artist who was barely 15.


James Hyman, Derrick Greaves From Kitchen Sink to Shangri-La, Lund Humphries, London 2007 Illustrated p. 16.

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