Adnams, Marion

(1898 – 1995)

Fishing Gear, Sark, 1953

SKU: 9884

Oil on plywood

22 x 18 in. (55.6 x 46 cm.)

Height: 55.9cm
Width: 46cm


The Artist’s Estate

Exhibited: Cathedral Church All Saints Derby, An Exhibition of Paintings and Drawings by Marion Adnams, 27th October-5th November, no 77

Adnams journeyed frequently in France, recording in her extensive journals her love especially of Provence, and the North coast. Maritime subjects inspired a series of paintings. undertaken during a trip to Honfleur in 1957, and earlier. Titles from her studio book include this work, Fishing Gear, Sark, as well as Drying the Nets, 1955. Both were painted on plywood. 

From her earliest work, Adnams played with scale in a surrealist way. She recorded that When I first went to see Rene Magritte at The Tate I saw him for the first time and I nearly passed out. So often the same thought had been with me.

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Adnams, Marion

1898 – 1995

Napoleon III disliked the portrait of him drawn by Gill. In December 1867, La Lune was censored. “La Lune will have to undergo an eclipse,” an authority commented to Editor Francis Polo when the ban was instituted, unwittingly dubbing Polo’s subsequent publication: L’ƒclipse, which made its first appearance on 9 August 1868. Gill would contribute caricatures to this successor of La Lune as well.


Marion Adnams
Study for The Twins, 1955