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The Awakening

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During the early 1920s McCance began to schematise the human body, stripping away detail until it had an almost robotic appearance. This is one of

National Galleries of Scotland, Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art




oil on board


H 61 x W 46 cm

Accession number

GMA 4840

Acquisition method

purchased, 2007

Work type


Inscription description

Signed and dated bottom right: W McCance '25 Label 1972 – Girvan catalogue No. 35 JANE’S PICTURE WHEN MAC DIES WMCC 25/9/55 [pencil across board. The date is crossed through – probably a later amendment. It was in August 1955 that WMcC’s wife Agnes left the marital home in Hambledon for Glasgow, accompanied by brothers Wallace and John. At Reading University’s School of Art William McCance was a respected and popular tutor – it is assumed the ‘Jane’ was at the time one of his students, there is


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