Paul Nash
Lavengro and Isopel in the Dingle 1912–13

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Paul Nash 1889–1946
Lavengro and Isopel in the Dingle
Date 1912–13
Medium Ink, graphite and gouache on paper
Dimensions Support: 464 x 370 mm
frame: 742 x 635 x 58 mm
Acquisition Presented by the Friends of the Tate Gallery 1973
Not on display

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This is an illustration for George Borrow’s novel of gipsy life, 1851. On the left is the hero, Lavengro, whose name translates from Romany as ‘wordsmith’. He is teaching Armenian to Isopel (on the right) in order to deflect her romantic interest in him. Nash’s interest in this imaginative portrayal of the gypsy life reflects, perhaps, his romantic fascination with a lost, idyllic relationship with nature. A ‘dingle’ is a deep, wooded valley.

August 2004

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