Modern British Art by Charles Mahoney: Still Life with Landscape, late 1930's |



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Charles Mahoney:
Still Life with Landscape, late 1930's

Framed (ref: 217)

Titled on a label to the reverse

Oil on board 

14 1/4 x 21 3/8 in. (36 x 54.5 cm.)

Tags: children interiors still lives Surrealists True to Life catalogue

Provenance: The Artist's daughter

In its original Alfred Stiles and Sons, Ltd frame, black and gold D-section frame.

Literature; True to Life, British Realist Painting in the 1920s & 1930s, Patrick Elliot & Sacha Llewellyn, July 2017, ISBN 978 1 911054 05 4, Fig.53, page 51.

Although Mahoney worked independently from mainstream movements, he remained interested in, and open-minded about the contemporary scene. He was especially interested in Surrealism, elements of which are reflected in this painting.

The landscape in the background is  likely to be a view of the Willow Grove at Great Bardfield, also painted by Ravilious and Bawden.       

Eric Ravilious, Willow Grove 1933, watercolour – dated to the same year as Mahoney’s Brick House stay. 

Mahoney and Branson had a lengthy stay at Brick House in the spring of 1933 (while Tirzah and Eric were at Morecambe doing the hotel murals) and helped Bawden establish the garden there – Tirzah wrote that it had been  transformed by Mahoney and Branson’s efforts during their absence.  This visit could possibly have been the origin of the Mahoney painting.   The Willow Grove was a favourite nearby space for picnicking.

We are grateful to Andy Friend for assistance.

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