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Watercolour - Figure study of a ballerina
  • Figure study of a ballerina
    Peake, Mervyn Laurence, born 1911 - died 1968
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Figure study of a ballerina

  • Object:

    Watercolour

  • Place of origin:

    London (Painted)

  • Date:

    1938 (Painted)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Peake, Mervyn Laurence, born 1911 - died 1968 (Painted)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Gouache on laid paper

  • Credit Line:

    Given by Peter A. Hodges

  • Museum number:

    E.313-2005

  • Gallery location:

    Prints & Drawings Study Room, level H, case WD, shelf 216, box C

Mervyn Peake was an important artist and writer, whose strange fantasy novels and grotesque illustrations have become progressively more famous. After studying at the Royal Academy schools, (though failing his exams) he managed to exhibit with the Sark group of artists. On the strength of this he was offered a job at the Westminster School of Art. There he taught life drawing from 1935 until 1939. This study was produced as an example for students, and shows how he experimented with various textures in the thick gouache, and thinner watercolour washes. The image shows little hint of how his dark imagination was to develop in the illustrations he produced during and after the Second World War.

Physical description

Gouache study of a ballerina, on laid paper watermarked Ingres.

Place of Origin

London (Painted)

Date

1938 (Painted)

Artist/maker

Peake, Mervyn Laurence, born 1911 - died 1968 (Painted)

Materials and Techniques

Gouache on laid paper

Marks and inscriptions

By Mervyn Peake Westminster Art School
1938
The inscription was added on the back of the sheet by the donor.

Dimensions

Height: 48 cm, Width: 31.1 cm

Object history note

This gouache drawing apparently dates from his time at the Westminster School of Art, where he taught life drawing from 1935 until 1939. According to the donor, the donor's late wife was a student of Peake's in 1939, and this and another drawing [E.314-2005] were prepared as examples for the students, and given to her subsequently

Descriptive line

Gouache study of a ballerina, on paper, by Mervyn Peake, 1938.

Subjects depicted

Ballerina

Categories

Drawings

Collection

Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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