Paul Nash
Mansions of the Dead 1932

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Paul Nash 1889–1946
Mansions of the Dead
Date 1932
Medium Graphite and watercolour on paper
Dimensions Support: 578 x 394 mm
Acquisition Purchased 1981
On display at Tate Britain
Exhibition: Paul Nash

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This image epitomizes the way Nash’s work links Surrealism to an earlier British romanticism. It was made as an illustration to Thomas Browne's seventeenth-century essay Urne Buriall (on display close by). Another version of this drawing was also included in the International Surrealist Exhibition in London in 1936. Browne’s mystical treatise meditates on death and immortality. Nash’s drawing is based on a loose interpretation of the text. It shows, in Nash’s words, 'aerial habitations where the soul like a bird or some such aerial creature roamed at will'

September 2004

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