Arthur Rackham

The Dance in Cupid’s Alley

1904

Artist
Arthur Rackham 1867–1939
Medium
Pen and ink and watercolour on paper
Dimensions
Frame: 464 x 771 x 40 mm
support: 325 x 597 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Bequeathed by Major-General Sir Mathew Gossett KCB 1909
Reference
N02479

Not on display

Catalogue entry

N02479 THE DANCE IN CUPID'S ALLEY 1904

Inscr. ‘Arthur Rackham '04.’ b.r. on scroll.
Pen and watercolour, 12 3/4×23 1/2 (32·5×59·5).
Bequeathed by Major-General Sir Matthew Gossett 1909.
Exh: Centenary Exhibition, R.W.S., summer 1904 (226).
Repr: Studio, XXXIV, 1905, 197; Arthur Rackham's Book of Pictures 1913, pl.37 (in colour); Derek Hudson, Arthur Rackham: His Life and Work, 1960, p.39 (in colour).

An illustration to a poem by Austin Dobson, which is inscribed on the back:

O Love's but a dance
Where time plays the fiddle!

Strange dance! 'Tis free to Rank and Rags
Here no distinction flatters,

Here Riches shakes its money-bags
And Poverty its tatters:

Church, Army, Navy, Physic, Law:
Maid, Mistress, Master, Valet:

Long locks, grey hairs, bald heads and a'—
They bob in ‘Cupid's Alley’.

Published in:
Mary Chamot, Dennis Farr and Martin Butlin, The Modern British Paintings, Drawings and Sculpture, London 1964, II

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