Auricula theatre, 1956
Framed (ref: 93)
Signed with initials and dated
Oil on canvas, 24 x 14 in. (61 x 35.6 cm.)
Provenance: the artist's estate
Exhibited: Harris, Preston; Canterbury Museum & Art Gallery; FAS 2000 (109)
Mahoney's unbridled enthusiasm for plants was shared with Edward Bawden, Geoffrey Rhoades, John Nash and Evelyn Dunbar, with whom he swapped cuttings by post. Auriculas - deeply unfashionable at the time - were one of his particular passions. He loved the sumptuous colour combinations and formal arrangement of the leaves and petals.