Adshead, Mary

(1904 – 1995)

Always an open way - always something new in town to-night


SKU: 7061

Lithograph, published by London Transport, 1937, printed by Waterlow & Sons Ltd

Tears to edges

Height: 101.6cm
Width: 63.5cm

1 in stock


The Artist’s grandson


Literature: Clough, Mathew/ Compton, Ann, Earthly delights Mary Adshead 1904-1995, University of Liverpool Art Gallery, 2005, p 19

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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.

Mary Adshead
Still Life with Gloves, circa 1935
Mary Adshead
Portrait of Marjorie Gertler, 1931
Mary Adshead
A Culinary Map of Britain, (Design for glass map for Paris Exhibition 1937 )
Mary Adshead
Livestock Market, (recto) Picking Tealeaves (verso), circa 1930
Mary Adshead
The Little Boy and His House, 1936
Mary Adshead
Beth Tomalin
Mary Adshead
Still-life of Red Lily with Leopard Skin
Mary Adshead
The Old Rolls on Bodmin Moor; China Clay Landscape, circa 1950
Mary Adshead
For Fun, early 1960’s
Mary Adshead
The Landladys Daughters, Llanbedre, near Harlech, c. 1941
Mary Adshead
British Restaurant Coventry After Dinner, 1941
Mary Adshead
Lunette design for a school mural, 1930’s
Mary Adshead
Portrait of Daphne Charlton, c. 1935
Mary Adshead
High Rise, circa 1960
Mary Adshead
Garison Lane Nursery Training School, circa 1930
Mary Adshead
Nursery Designs
Mary Adshead
Farmers ploughing, Study for The World’s Food mural, c. 1942
Mary Adshead
Scenes from the Life of Christ: Preaching the Gospel, mid-1920s