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A clarinet lies on a mantelpiece at the centre of this playful work. In front of it stands a bottle with the characters, RHU, the first three letters of the French word for rum. The word Valse (Waltz) introduces the idea of dancing, reinforcing the theme of music evoked by the clarinet and suggestions of treble and bass clefs. The scrolled form in the lower right-hand corner could stand for either the bracket of the mantelpiece or the head of an instrument.
Oil on canvas
81 x 60 cm
Purchased with assistance from a special government grant and with assistance from the Art Fund 1978