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Watercolour - 'Pin-up' girl as Eve with the serpent
  • 'Pin-up' girl as Eve with the serpent
    Addey, Wilfred R., born 1912 - died 1999
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'Pin-up' girl as Eve with the serpent

  • Object:

    Watercolour

  • Place of origin:

    England (made)

  • Date:

    late 1940s (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Addey, Wilfred R., born 1912 - died 1999 (makers)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Watercolour

  • Credit Line:

    Given by K. D. and E. F. Law

  • Museum number:

    E.215-2003

  • Gallery location:

    Prints & Drawings Study Room, level E, case I, shelf 189

Wilfrid R. Addey (1912-1999) worked as a commercial artist for over sixty years, working for Dorland Advertising and Mitchells among other London advertising firms. His work shows the range of products and illustration styles, from aeroplanes and cars, beer and perfume, to satirical cartoons and calendar pin-up girls and is representative of the post war boom in advertising during the late 1940s and 1950s.

This watercolour shows a pin-up girl kneeling on the floor facing left. She is shown nude, wearing only pieces of foliage. She reaches up with her left hand to take an apple, referring to the temptation of Eve. This theme is continued through a serpent twining itself around her body. The figure type, with her thin high eyebrows, long eyelashes, defined lips, long face and long willowy body is typical of the 1940s.

Physical description

Watercolour of a nude 'pin up' girl shown kneeling on the floor reaching up to take the apple. She wears pieces of foliage and around twists a serpent.

Place of Origin

England (made)

Date

late 1940s (made)

Artist/maker

Addey, Wilfred R., born 1912 - died 1999 (makers)

Materials and Techniques

Watercolour

Marks and inscriptions

'ADDEY'
Signed in red ink in lower right corner

Dimensions

Height: 53.6 cm, Width: 39.2 cm

Descriptive line

Wilfrid R. Addey (1912-1999). Watercolour of a nude pin up girl shown kneeling on the floor reaching up to take the apple. She wears pieces of foliage and around twists a serpent. 20th century British School.

Materials

Watercolour

Categories

Drawings; Advertising; Illustration

Collection

Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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