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1913 (painted)
Artist/Maker
Place Of Origin

This signboard, depicting the symbol for the Greek letter Omega on one side and a vase of flowers on the other, was designed and painted by the Scottish artist Duncan James Corrowr Grant (1885-1978). It was made in 1913 to hang outside the Omega Workshops, located at 33 Fitzroy Square, West London.

The Omega Workshop was launched by the art historian, critic and painter Roger Eliot Fry (1866-1934). It was a venture set up with the hope that the new sense of colour, design and rhythm animating post-impressionism would be taken up in the decorative arts. Despite the involvement of artists such as Fry, Grant, Vanessa Bell (1879-1961) and, initially, Wyndham Lewis (1882-1957) and Henri Gaudier-Brzeska (1891-1915), the company had difficulty surviving and closed in 1919.


object details
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Object Type
Materials and Techniques
Oil on panel
Brief Description
Oil painting on panel, signboard for the Omega Workshops, Duncan Grant, 1913.
Physical Description
Painted on both sides - one showing a large depiction of the Greek letter omega (the symbol for the Omega workshop), the other what looks like a glass functioning as a vase, with one large and one small flower in it.
Dimensions
  • Height: 1085mm
  • Width: 672mm
  • Depth: 35mm
Object history
This signboard was purchased by the V&A in 1963 directly from Grant, who had presumably retained it when the Omega Workshops closed in 1921.
Subjects depicted
Summary
This signboard, depicting the symbol for the Greek letter Omega on one side and a vase of flowers on the other, was designed and painted by the Scottish artist Duncan James Corrowr Grant (1885-1978). It was made in 1913 to hang outside the Omega Workshops, located at 33 Fitzroy Square, West London.



The Omega Workshop was launched by the art historian, critic and painter Roger Eliot Fry (1866-1934). It was a venture set up with the hope that the new sense of colour, design and rhythm animating post-impressionism would be taken up in the decorative arts. Despite the involvement of artists such as Fry, Grant, Vanessa Bell (1879-1961) and, initially, Wyndham Lewis (1882-1957) and Henri Gaudier-Brzeska (1891-1915), the company had difficulty surviving and closed in 1919.
Bibliographic References
  • Gerstein, Alexandra (ed.), Beyond Bloomsbury: Designs of the Omega Workshops 1913-19 London : The Courtauld Gallery, 20091
  • Aledandra Gerstein, ed. Beyond Bloomsbury. Designs of the Omega Workshop London: The Courtauld Gallery, 2009. ISBN#: 978-1-906257-04-0.
  • Conversation Anglaise le Groupe de Bloomsbury Paris: Gallimard, 2009. ISBN: 9782070127306.
  • Alison, Jane (Ed.) Malissard, Coralie (Ed.) Modern couples : art, intimacy and the avant-garde London : Barbican ; Prestel, 2018.
  • p. 49Jane Alison and Coralie Malissard (eds), Modern couple : art, intimacy and the avant-garde, London : Barbican ; Prestel Publishing Ltd, 2018.
Collection
Accession Number
P.35-1963

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record createdFebruary 16, 2006
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