Edward Wadsworth
Regalia 1928

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Edward Wadsworth 1889–1949
Date 1928
Medium Tempera and oil paint on canvas on board
Dimensions Support: 763 x 917 mm
frame: 900 x 1055 x 105 mm
Acquisition Purchased with assistance from the Friends of the Tate Gallery 1982
Not on display

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Regalia combines a still life of antiquated and modern marine instruments with a view of the open sea. The sailor’s equipment is given almost royal status as the shapes subtly echo the regalia of sceptre, orb and chain. Wadsworth was fascinated by machinery and collected maritime equipment so that he could paint directly from it.

The stark clarity of his style is comparable to the ‘metaphysicalpaintings of the Italian artist Giorgio de Chirico. It injects a sense of mystery and gives the objects a presence that makes them seem like a monument.

July 2008

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