Literature: Llewellyn, Sacha, et al. Women Only Works on Paper. Liss Llewellyn, 2021, p. 39.
The format of Livestock Market (recto) and Picking Tea Leaves (verso), suggests that both designs may
have been part of an intended mural scheme. The Gong, created for an unpublished book of poems by
Anne Harding Thompson, is accompanied by a verse which starts with the lines: ‘This crazy old woman
is singing a song, and beating like mad on her old brass gong’. All three works demonstrate Mary
Adshead’s preference for simplified colours and shapes, and a delight in humourous narrative which she
combined with a hint of neo-Victorianism.
Drawing to reverse, entitled ‘Picking Tealeaves’.