Edwin Alexander Peacock and Python 1905

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Artwork details

Artist
Edwin Alexander 1870–1926
Title
Peacock and Python
Date 1905
Medium Watercolour on paper
Dimensions Support: 1018 x 1780 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition Presented by the Trustees of the Chantrey Bequest 1905
Reference
N01965
Not on display

Catalogue entry

N01965 PEACOCK AND PYTHON 1905
 
Inscr. ‘Edwin Alexander 1905’ t.r.
Watercolour on brown paper, 39×69 (99×175).
Chantrey Purchase from the artist 1905.
Exh: R.W.S., June 1905 (115).
Lit: James Paterson, ‘Edwin Alexander, R.S.A., R.W.S., R.S.W.’ in The Old Water-Colour Society's Club, IV, 1927, pp.57, 62.
Repr: Art Journal, 1905, p.192.

After his marriage in 1904 the artist settled at Inveresk, where he installed a menagerie in the outhouses and stables and kept various birds and animals, including, for some months, a nine-foot python, which probably inspired this composition.

A similar composition, but of a dead peacock only, was reproduced in the Studio, LXVI, 1915, p.208, entitled ‘Mor’.

Published in:
Mary Chamot, Dennis Farr and Martin Butlin, The Modern British Paintings, Drawings and Sculpture, London 1964, I

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