T02099 THE MARK OF THE BEAST 1940
Inscribed on stretcher ‘23 Nov. 1940 “The Mark of the Beast”’
Oil on canvas, 35 5/8 × 28 (90.8 × 71.1)
Purchased from the New Art Centre (Grant-in-Aid) 1976
Prov: Mrs Marjorie Evans; New Art Centre
Exh: Merlyn Evans, New Art Centre, October 1976 (D)
Painted in South Africa.
One of numerous paintings done by the artist from about 1935–50 which reflect his awareness of and preoccupation with the political tensions and open conflicts of that period. The title refers to the beast, a symbol of evil, described in Chapters 13 and 14 of the book of the Revelation of Saint John the Divine.
The Tate Gallery 1976-8: Illustrated Catalogue of Acquisitions, London 1979