Anne Newland (1913 - 1997)

The Legend of Ceres, c. 1938-39

SKU: 5057
Pencil and wash with splashes of ink on tracing paper, squared

Height – 114.5cm
Width – 191cm


Acquired directly from the artist by Laurie Stewar
Llewellyn, Sacha, et al. Women Only Works on Paper. Liss Llewellyn, 2021, p. 57.

This full-size cartoon was Anne Newland’s principal work during her Scholarship at The British School at Rome, which she was awarded in 1938. In correspondence with the Secretary of the School she described it as the central panel of a triptych for which she never intended to produce the side panels. The composition shows the influence of Andrea Mantegna whose works she was especially drawn to.

Ceres, according to ancient Roman myth, was the goddess of agriculture, grain crops, fertility and motherly relationships. Newland returned to the same composition ten years later in a related pencil drawing entitled Composition, The Legend of Ceres, (1949). In 1950, at The Royal Academy, Newland exhibited a variation on the theme, entitled Three Marys, which was loosely inspired by this earlier decorative composition.

The study of a wheatsheaf shows how Newland built up her design step by step, every element the subject of intense scrutiny. Anticoli’ refers to the artist’s community of Anticoli Corrado (located about 40 kilometres northeast of Rome) where many Rome Scholars spent the summer. On the final cartoon corrections to the design have been made in white and there are additionally accidental splashes of ink.

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Anne Newland
1913 - 1997

Painter in oil and teacher, born in Wiltshire. She studied at Byam Shaw School, 1936-8, under Ernest Jackson, in 1938 gaining an Edwin Abbey Major Scholarship. 

During World War II she was involved in camouflage, then taught in Scotland. Signed her work, which was mainly large, decorative canvases. 
Anne Newland was influenced especially by the work of Andrea Mantegna. Showed at RA, RSA and elsewhere. 
Newland lived in London.
We are grateful to Chris Mees for assistance.


Anne Newland (1913 - 1997)
The Legend of Ceres, c. 1938-39