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support: 325 x 597 mm
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’.
Mary Chamot, Dennis Farr and Martin Butlin, The Modern British Paintings, Drawings and Sculpture, London 1964, II