Mary Adshead (1904 - 1995):
Livestock Market, (recto) Picking Tealeaves (verso), circa 1930
Framed (ref: 9139)
Signed in pen, drawing 'Picking Tealeaves' to reverse
10 x 20 in. (25.3 x 50.8 cm)
Provenance: The Artist's Son
Literature: Llewellyn, Sacha, et al. Women Only Works on Paper. Liss Llewellyn, 2021, p. 39.
The format of Livestock Market (recto) and Picking Tea Leaves (verso), suggests that both designs may have been part of an intended mural scheme. The Gong, created for an unpublished book of poems by Anne Harding Thompson, is accompanied by a verse which starts with the lines: ’This crazy old woman is singing a song, and beating like mad on her old brass gong’. All three works demonstrate Mary Adshead’s preference for simplified colours and shapes, and a delight in humourous narrative which she combined with a hint of neo-Victorianism.
Drawing to reverse, entitled 'Picking Tealeaves'.