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When Mary Potter left the Slade School of Art in 1921 Professor Henry Tonks warned that to succeed as a painter she must give up everything and never marry. But her marriage proved less disruptive than the war. She was forced to give up painting on a regular basis and her work was seldom on public view. 'Golden Kipper', however, was shown at the 'United Artists' exhibition at the Royal Academy in January 1940. The flat decorative design indicates Potter's interest in Oriental art and the colourful near-abstract works of Paul Klee. Gleaming golden kippers became a precious commodity during the harsh years of wartime austerity.

August 2004