Dorothea Frances MacLagan (1895 - 1982)

The Angel of Revelation, c.1925


SKU: 8452

Oil on canvas

Height – 45cm
Width – 29.8cm

1 in stock


Private collection

Literature: Llewellyn, Sacha, and Paul Liss. Portrait of an Artist. Liss Llewellyn, 2021, p.354.

This striking image is likely to show the Archangel Gabriel –  known as the angel of revelation or announcement. He plays a significant role in Christianity, Islam, Judaism, and many other faiths, acting as a messenger for God. In the Bible, Gabriel can be found in the books of Luke and Daniel.

Trained at the Byam Shaw school MacClagan emerged from  a potent period in art school training – a similarly  strong vein of visionary imagery can be seen  in some of her husband’s oeuvre, taught by Philphot.  The line between religion and myth was happily blurred by many artists of this period – as for instance in the Tate’s wonderful Flight into Egypt by Philpot.

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Dorothea Frances MacLagan
Dorothea Frances
1895 - 1982

Painter, born Dorothea Blake in Greenock, Renfrewshire. She attended the Byam Shaw and Vicat Cole School of Art, 1914-17 and the RA Schools, 1917-22, winning silver and bronze medals at the latter. Married to the painter Philip Maclagan, she exhibited at the Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool, RA, NEAC, ROI and held a solo exhibition at Dartington Hall, Devon in 1975.


Dorothea Frances MacLagan (1895 - 1982)
The Angel of Revelation, c.1925
Dorothea Frances MacLagan (1895 - 1982)
An Allegory: Truth and Beauty Comforting Each Other, c.1920