The Artist's Wife

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Cecil Collins was born in Plymouth and as a young man worked as a mechanic in Plymouth Docks, before attending Plymouth Art School.

One of the high points of Collins’ career was his inclusion in the International Surrealist Exhibition in London in 1936. As well as containing some of the great masterpieces of 20th-Century art, this exhibition has gone down in history because Salvador Dalí delivered a lecture for it whilst wearing a diving suit!

Collins was married to his wife Elisabeth for 58 years. She was his favourite model and appears in many works by him.

Victoria Art Gallery



The Artist's Wife




oil on board


H 54.1 x W 81.5 cm

Accession number

BATVG : P : 2001.2

Acquisition method

purchased with the assistance of the National Art Collections Fund, 2001

Work type



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