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Charles Mahoney:
Tulips and Pulmonaria, 1950s

Framed (ref: 99)

Watercolour and pencil on paper, 18 x 11 in. (47 x 29.8 cm.)

Tags: flowers



In a gilded flat section frame with square outer knull, glazed

Beneath the south wall of his studio my father made wigwams of canes to support multicoloured gourds and deep blue Morning Glory trumpets. He grew many kinds of Polygonum. Some, like P. cuspidatum, were statuesque giants, others, were delicate and lacy. He appreciated flowers such as tulips and Opium Poppies for their slender upright form with a burst of bloom at the top, as they popped up between bushier plants throughout the garden. Lilies likewise shot through the foliage of other plants and exploded in exquisite flowers. Auriculas were a particular passion. He loved the primly formal arrangement which complemented the sumptuous colour combinations.

Elizabeth Bulkeley, letter to Paul Liss 15th March 2005


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