Dangerous Documents; Lexden Pocock (1850-1919), British; 1956.050
Dangerous DocumentsAbout this object
This painting depicts an imaginary incident in the English Civil War during the Seventeenth Century. A couple loyal to King Charles I hide documents which could incriminate them or other loyalists from Roundhead soldiers marching in the distance. The letters could be from the King himself. The viewer is left to ponder whether the documents are waterproof or not.
Lexden Pocock was born in London and studied at the Slade School of Art and the Royal Academy of Art. He later studied and taught art in Rome. The predominant influence on this work is Pre-Raphaelitism shown in the clear treatment of naturalistic details and the romanticised poses of the figures.
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Watercolour on paperMeasurements
99.7 x 80 cmCollection
Aigantighe Art Gallery CollectionCredit Line
Donated in 1956 from the collection of Mr G. Wells.Object Type
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