Provenance: Private collection.
Exhibited: Goupil Gallery Salon, 1921, no. 155
In a fine French 19th century gilded laurel section frame
Ihlee was born in London in 1883. In 1906 he went to the Slade School
of Fine Art. He made friends with a group of very talented students.
This included C.R.W. Nevinson, Stanley Spencer, John S. Currie, Mark
Gertler, Maxwell Gordon Lightfoot, Adrian Allinson and Edward Wadsworth.
group became known as the Coster Gang. According to David Boyd Haycock
this was “because they mostly wore black jerseys, scarlet mufflers and
black caps or hats like the costermongers who sold fruit and vegetables
from carts in the street”.
C.R.W. Nevinson argued in his
autobiography, Paint and Prejudice (1937) commented that the Slade “was
full with a crowd of men such as I have never seen before or since. One
of their teachers, Henry Tonks, recognised their talent but found them
too rebellious and later commented: “What a brood I have raised.”
left Slade School of Fine Art in 1910 and had two solo exhibitions at
the Carfax Gallery in 1914 and became a member of New English Art Club
in 1919. After the First World War Ihlee settled in Collioure. In 1926
he had a solo show at Chenil Galleries.