T02333 CELTIC MARRIAGE 1978
Inscribed ‘J. Bellany’ b.l.
Oil on hardboard, 96 1/8 × 72 (244 × 183)
Purchased from the artist (Knapping Fund) 1979
‘Celtic Marriage’ is an oblique allusion to John Bellany and his wife Julia at the time of their marriage. The boat in the foreground is based on a model boat in the artist's possession made by his father. The picture was painted quickly, in about a week, at the artist's flat and studio at 43 Linden Gardens’, London WII at about the time of his second marriage.
The Tate Gallery 1978-80: Illustrated Catalogue of Acquisitions, London 1981