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Ilse Magdalene R.

© estate of Sir Lawrence Gowing. Photo credit: Nottingham City Museums and Galleries

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Lawrence Gowing, CBE, held one of his rare one-man exhibitions in London in June 1955 and from this we were fortunate in acquiring the painting 'Ilse Magdalen R.', an example of contemporary traditional painting at its very best. It has great strength and breadth of treatment, and a subtle use of colour and appreciation of tonal values which produce an effect of almost sculptural serenity. The artist shows an awareness of many contemporary strains of aesthetic theory without conveying the slightest suggestion of mere polite derivation.

Nottingham Castle Museum and Art Gallery


  • Date


  • Medium

    oil on canvas

  • Measurements

    91.4 x 71.1 cm

  • Accession number

    NCM 1955-46

  • Acquisition method

    purchased from the Leicester Galleries, 1955

Nottingham Castle Museum and Art Gallery

Friar Lane, off Maid Marian Way, Nottingham, Nottinghamshire NG1 6EL England

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