Study for the wall panel above the altar, Campion Hall, early 1940's
Framed (ref: 5043)
Oil on paper, squared, 11 x 20 in. (28 x 51 cm.)
Provenance: the Artist's daughter
In a shaped painted frame
Electing to paint directly onto canvas fixed to the walls and by daylight hours only, the project inevitably became drawn out and Mahoney could only work in situ during the Easter and summer vacations when he was not teaching. The project continued into the following decade and coincided with a serious decline in the artist's physical health. In spite of these problems, Sir John Rothenstein, who chose to reproduce one of the murals as a plate in British Art since 1900 (1962, pl.60), was moved to describe the scheme as as second ...only to that by Stanley Spencer at Burghclere.
This is a study for a composition of the wall panel above the altar showing the Flight into Egypt - in the final scheme Mahoney painted a different composition showing The Symbols of Mary.