Marion Adnams (1898 - 1995)

Study for Spring in the Cemetery, Uttoxeter Road, Derby, 1956


SKU: 10248
Pencil and watercolour.

Height – 55.7cm
Width – 10.8cm

1 in stock


The Artist’s Estate

Spring in the Cemetery, Uttoxeter Road, Derby 1956 by Marion Adnams,

Nottiingham City Museums

View of the old cemetery, Uttoxeter Road, Derby, with rows of headstones, some straight, others crooked. It is seen from the side, the rows of graves running vertically from the top of the picture to the bottom foreground. In the background of the picture is the cemetery wall, with a row of houses and a tower behind it. On the left, in the foreground, are two large trees with spring foliage, and on the right of the scene is a willow tree beginning to sprout leaves; behind is a large tree.

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Marion Adnams
1898 - 1995

Marion Adnams initially trained as a modern languages teacher; however, woodcuts she made while travelling in Europe during the 1920s received significant praise when she exhibited them at Derby Art Gallery, prompting her to re-train at Derby School of Art during the 1930s. She qualified as an art teacher in 1938 and in 1946 she became Head of Art at Derby Diocesan Training College.

From the late 1930s onwards, Adnams became known for her distinctive Surrealist paintings, and exhibited in local galleries and in London, including at the British Art Centre and the Modern Art Gallery Although she never formally joined any Surrealist societies, she made a significant contribution to the movement, particularly regarding female/male dichotomies within the group, which she explored extensively in her work. In 2017 she was the subject of a retrospective at Derby Art Gallery.

She wrote extensively, including an unpublished Autobiography.


Marion Adnams (1898 - 1995)
Study for Harvest Moon and a Goblin, 1944
Marion Adnams (1898 - 1995)
Harvest Moon and a Goblin, 1944
Marion Adnams (1898 - 1995)
Mount, Mount, My Soul
Marion Adnams (1898 - 1995)
The Twins, 1955
Marion Adnams (1898 - 1995)
A two part design for a Nautical Mural, 1930’s
Marion Adnams (1898 - 1995)
Study for The Twins, 1955
Marion Adnams (1898 - 1995)
Study of a variagated croton leaf, early 1930’s
Marion Adnams (1898 - 1995)
Study of a Variegated Thistle Leaf (Silybum marianum), 1930’s
Marion Adnams (1898 - 1995)
Study of Lilies, 1930’s
Marion Adnams (1898 - 1995)
Study of Morning Glory (Ipomoea species), circa 1930
Marion Adnams (1898 - 1995)
Fishing Gear, Sark, 1953
Marion Adnams (1898 - 1995)
Medusa Grown Old, 1947