Adnams, Marion

(1898 – 1995)

Study for The Twins, 1955


SKU: 10259

Pencil across two sheets of paper

Height: 38cm
Width: 41cm

1 in stock


The Artist’s Estate

Literature: Llewellyn, Sacha, et al. Women Only Works on Paper. Liss Llewellyn, 2021, p. 76.

From her earliest work, Adnams played with discrepancies of scale and the creation of unlikely narratives
in a surrealist way. She recorded that When I first went to see René 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”.

In 1930, Adnams started attending life classes at Derby School of Art. She was gratified to find her natural
ability to draw recognised, though perhaps less so in the terms her talent was acknowledged, with one
teacher remarking, she drew like a man, direct, with no rubbing out’. The ornamental dogs featured in the
pencil drawing Study of two Staffordshire Dogs were from Adnams’ own collection of Staffordshire pottery.
The addition of a piece of paper to the left-hand side, suggests that having at first intended to draw only
one of the pair, Adnams felt a compulsion to unite it with its companion.

The Staffordshire Dogs featured in this pencil drawing were from Adnams own collection.

 Lewis Carroll’s Hunting of the Snark inscribed on the reverse:

 ‘In winter or summer, ’twas always the same‚Äî. You could never meet either alone’. 

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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