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The Violin

  • Object:


  • Place of origin:

    Great Britain (made)

  • Date:

    1932 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Jones, David C.B.E, born 1895 - died 1974 (maker)

  • Materials and Techniques:


  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    Prints & Drawings Study Room, room WS, case R, shelf 68, box R

David Jones (1895-1974) first worked as an engraver before turning to painting and writing. This apparently simple watercolour, with its swirling surface and pale colours, hints at a deeper meaning. In the early 1930s Jones painted several still-life subjects, of which this is probably the best example. It is said to have been the artist's favourite work.

Physical description

The Violin, watercolour, semi-abstract elements with a violin at the centre.

Place of Origin

Great Britain (made)


1932 (made)


Jones, David C.B.E, born 1895 - died 1974 (maker)

Materials and Techniques



Height: 57.2 cm, Width: 78.8 cm

Descriptive line

The Violin by David Jones, watercolour, Britain, 1932.

Bibliographic References (Citation, Note/Abstract, NAL no)

David Jones exhibition : Manchester Cathedral, 18 November - 8 December 1976 Manchester, 1976. 2 leaves; 33 cm.
Paul Hills and Nicolete Gray, David Jones London: Tate Gallery, 1981. ISBN: 0905005031.
p.129, pl.123
British watercolours : 1750-1950 / Katherine Coombs. London: V&A Publications, 2012

Subjects depicted

Plants; Leaf (plant material); Abstraction; Music; Musical instruments; Still life; Violins


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