Muse: Study for Drama
Framed (ref: 5076)
Signed on reverse
Black Prince pencil and chalk over watercolour and pencil, squared
20 1/4 x 10 1/2 in. (51.5 x 26.7 cm)
Tags: Charles Mahoney women
Provenance: the Artist's Estate
Exhibited: London 1999, The Fine Art Society, Charles Mahoney, catalogue no. 21.
Literature: Charles Mahoney, The Fine Art Society 1999, p. 48, illustrated p. 49.
The scheme to decorate Morley College
was funded by Lord Duveen and followed on from his commission for Rex
Whistler to decorate the Refreshment Room of the Tate Gallery (at a cost
of £ 1,200). Six painters, all former students at the RCA, were invited
to submit designs. Those chosen were Mahoney, Bawden and Ravilious.
Mahoney's contribution, The pleasures of Life
was the central feature on the wall at the back of the stage used for
orchestral concerts, dramatic performances and folk dancing.
foreground were seven Muses: (left to right) Dancing, Plastic Art,
Music, Philosophy, Drama, Poetry and Prose. Country Dances, Outdoor
Pastimes and Apple Picking were presented in the spaces above.
The scheme was completed in situ
during an 18 months period and was worked in oil paint mixed with wax,
on canvas, fixed to the wall. The building was destroyed by a bomb
during the Second World War and none of the work of the three artists