Dangerous Documents; Lexden Pocock (1850-1919), British; 1956.050


Dangerous Documents

About 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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Lexden Pocock (1850-1919), British

Medium and Materials

Watercolour on paper


99.7 x 80 cm

Named Collection

Aigantighe Art Gallery Collection

Credit Line

Donated in 1956 from the collection of Mr G. Wells.

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