The Departure of the Prodigal Son
Framed (ref: 314)
oil on canvas, 9 1/2 x 9 3/4 in. (24 x 25 cm.)
In a flat section gilded oak frame with pegged lap-joints
In 1922, on the strength of a Royal Exhibition in drawing, Mahoney enrolled at the Royal College of Art, where he spent four productive years under the
guidance of the College Principal and Professor of Painting,William Rothenstein. Contemporaries at the college with whom he formed life-long friendships included Edward Bawden, Barnett Freedman, Percy Horton and Gerald Ososki. This composition is typical of the biblical inspired narratives that Mahoney, and his contemporaries, produced during this period at the RCA.