Mary Adshead (1904 - 1995)

Portrait of Daphne Charlton, c. 1935

£13,500.00

SKU: 5600
Oil on canvas
35 x 24 in. (89 x 61 cm.)

Size:
Height – 89cm
Width – 61cm

1 in stock

DESCRIPTION

Provenance:
The artist’s son
Presentation:
framed

Exhibited: ‘For Real: British Realists from the 20s and 30s’, Museum MORE, Gorssel (September 15th, 2019 ‚Äì January 5th, 2020).

Provenance: The artist’s son

Daphne Charlton, born 1909, was a student at the Slade School of Art, some four years younger than her fellow student Mary Adshead. Charlton later sat on two occasions for Stanley Spencer – his portrait of her of 1940 is in the collection of the Tate Gallery.

A self-portrait of the artist may also be seen in the Burgh House and Hampstead Museum.

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THE ARTIST

Mary Adshead
Mary
Adshead
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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