- John Armstrong 1893–1973
- Tempera on wood
- Support: 478 x 794 mm
frame: 654 x 966 x 84 mm
- Purchased 1938
N04934 DREAMING HEAD 1938
Inscr. ‘JA [in monogram] 38’ b.l.
Tempera on wood, 18 1/4×30 3/4 (46·5×78).
Purchased from the artist through Reid and Lefevre (Clarke Fund) 1938.
An entirely imaginary composition of a Surrealist kind, with a deliberate ambiguity of scale and content. The ‘dreaming head’ takes the form of a plaster cast of a woman's head set down in a coast landscape of chalk cliffs, and convolvulus flowers sprout from its base.
Mary Chamot, Dennis Farr and Martin Butlin, The Modern British Paintings, Drawings and Sculpture, London 1964, I
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