Mary Adshead

ARTIST

Adshead, Mary

1904 – 1995

Mary Adshead studied at the Slade School of Fine Art (1920’24)
under Henry Tonks (1862’1937), who in 1924 selected her for a
mural commission at Highways boys’ club in Shadwell, working
with Rex Whistler (1905’1944). 

She became a prominent muralist, creating decorations for
both public and private spaces, including the British Pavilion at
the 1937 Paris International Exhibition. She also illustrated several
books, such as The Little Boy and His House by Stephen Bone
(1904’1958) (whom she married in 1929), and made designs for
London Transport and the Post Office. 

As a noteworthy female artist, Adshead exhibited frequently
at the WIAC from the mid ‘1930s, before serving on their
committee in 1951. Working at a time when expectations of
women were still largely confined to issues of domesticity, her
prodigious professional output was noteworthy. Her approach to
mural painting ‘ especially in her choice of subjects and her colourful
palette ‘ challenged the perceived divisions which determined that
public and private spaces should necessarily be treated differently. She
was the subject of a retrospective at Liverpool Art Gallery in 2005.

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Mary Adshead

ARTIST

Adshead, Mary

1904 – 1995

Mary Adshead studied at the Slade School of Fine Art (1920’24)
under Henry Tonks (1862’1937), who in 1924 selected her for a
mural commission at Highways boys’ club in Shadwell, working
with Rex Whistler (1905’1944). 

She became a prominent muralist, creating decorations for
both public and private spaces, including the British Pavilion at
the 1937 Paris International Exhibition. She also illustrated several
books, such as The Little Boy and His House by Stephen Bone
(1904’1958) (whom she married in 1929), and made designs for
London Transport and the Post Office. 

As a noteworthy female artist, Adshead exhibited frequently
at the WIAC from the mid ‘1930s, before serving on their
committee in 1951. Working at a time when expectations of
women were still largely confined to issues of domesticity, her
prodigious professional output was noteworthy. Her approach to
mural painting ‘ especially in her choice of subjects and her colourful
palette ‘ challenged the perceived divisions which determined that
public and private spaces should necessarily be treated differently. She
was the subject of a retrospective at Liverpool Art Gallery in 2005.

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ARTWORK FOR SALE

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Mary Adshead (1904 - 1995)
Livestock Market, (recto) Picking Tealeaves (verso), circa 1930
Mary Adshead (1904 - 1995)
The Little Boy and His House, 1936
£1,375.00
Mary Adshead (1904 - 1995)
Beth Tomalin
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Mary Adshead (1904 - 1995)
Still-life of Red Lily with Leopard Skin
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Mary Adshead (1904 - 1995)
The Old Rolls on Bodmin Moor; China Clay Landscape, circa 1950
Mary Adshead (1904 - 1995)
The Landladys Daughters, Llanbedre, near Harlech, c. 1941
£11,000.00
Mary Adshead (1904 - 1995)
Lunette design for a school mural, 1930’s
£2,300.00
Mary Adshead (1904 - 1995)
Portrait of Daphne Charlton, c. 1935
£13,500.00
Mary Adshead (1904 - 1995)
Garison Lane Nursery Training School, circa 1930
£1,400.00
Mary Adshead (1904 - 1995)
Farmers ploughing, Study for The World’s Food mural, c. 1942
£1,100.00
Mary Adshead (1904 - 1995)
Scenes from the Life of Christ: Preaching the Gospel, mid-1920s
£8,750.00

ARCHIVED WORKS

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Mary Adshead (1904 - 1995)
Portrait of a Woman Knitting
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Mary Adshead (1904 - 1995)
On the Beach
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Mary Adshead (1904 - 1995)
Still Life with Gloves, circa 1935
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Mary Adshead (1904 - 1995)
Portrait of Marjorie Gertler, 1931
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Mary Adshead (1904 - 1995)
A Culinary Map of Britain, (Design for glass map for Paris Exhibition 1937 )
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Mary Adshead (1904 - 1995)
For Fun, early 1960’s
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Mary Adshead (1904 - 1995)
British Restaurant Coventry After Dinner, 1941
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Mary Adshead (1904 - 1995)
High Rise, circa 1960
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Mary Adshead (1904 - 1995)
Nursery Designs