Earthly Delights: Mary Adshead, 1904-1995

Earthly Delights: Mary Adshead, 1904-1995



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Earthly Delights: Mary Adshead, 1904-1995 by Ann Compton

Mary Adshead was one of the most gifted mural painters of the twentieth century, creating light-hearted images that signified a major shift in mural art away from the didactic style of Victorian and Edwardian muralists. Earthly Delights celebrates the work and life of Adshead and explores her impact on mid-twentieth-century painting.

The distinguished contributors to this catalog chronicle the distinctive periods of Adshead's career and recast her as a prominent figure in European modernist art. They examine such issues as Adshead's schooling at the Slade; the years when she painted murals and panels for Samuel Courtauld and the library of the ocean liner Queen Mary; her frequent public building commissions throughout the 1940s, '50s, and '60s; and the matte painting she created for the film Cleopatra. The volume also features a wealth of illustrations, including full-color reproductions of her works and a map of their locations. Published to coincide with a touring exhibition, this volume offers a fascinating look at an overlooked pioneer of mural art.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780853239499
Publisher: Liverpool University Press
Publication date: 09/01/2005
Series: Liverpool University Press - Liverpool Science Fiction Texts and Studies
Pages: 108
Product dimensions: 9.18(w) x 9.86(h) x 0.39(d)

About the Author

Matthew H. Clough is curator of the University of Liverpool Art Gallery and Collections. Ann Compton is a curator and writer whose books include The Sculpture of Charles Sargeant Jagger.

Table of Contents

Ann Compton
How Mary Coped
Sylvester Bone
Mary Adshead and English mural painting before the Second World War
Alan Powers
Modern Spaces:  Mary Adshead's post-war murals and the promotion of mural painting by the SMP 1939-1965
Melanie Unwin
Mary Adshead and the development of pictorial stamp design
Matthew H. Clough
Location map of Mary Adshead's work
Key dates and works
Key works in exhibition

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