Marion Adnams (1898 - 1995)

Seven Colloquy (Parrots), 1967

SKU: 11681
Signed ‘Adnams 67’

Height – 39cm x Width – 29cm


Artist’s Estate

Study for: Colloquy (Les Perruches), April, 1968

Adnams was attracted to subjects that can be interpreted in several different ways, drawing attention to the surreal potential of common forms by changing the context and adding a playful title. This painting, titled Colloquy, (conversation), is a naturalistic study of Asclepias syriaca, more commonly known as Perruches (French for Budgie) because its fruit resembles parakeets in shape.

In 1930 Adnams started attending life classes at Derby School of Art.  Her extra ordinary facility for drawing was much remarked upon, (one teacher remarking that she ‘drew like a man, direct with no rubbing out, quoted by Ray Gosling, Marion Adnams, A Retrospective, Midland Group Gallery 1971).

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Marion Adnams
1898 - 1995

Marion Adnams initially trained as a modern languages teacher; however, woodcuts she made while travelling in Europe during the 1920s received significant praise when she exhibited them at Derby Art Gallery, prompting her to re-train at Derby School of Art during the 1930s. She qualified as an art teacher in 1938 and in 1946 she became Head of Art at Derby Diocesan Training College.

From the late 1930s onwards, Adnams became known for her distinctive Surrealist paintings, and exhibited in local galleries and in London, including at the British Art Centre and the Modern Art Gallery Although she never formally joined any Surrealist societies, she made a significant contribution to the movement, particularly regarding female/male dichotomies within the group, which she explored extensively in her work. In 2017 she was the subject of a retrospective at Derby Art Gallery.

She wrote extensively, including an unpublished Autobiography.


SKU: 11699

Marion Adnams (1898 - 1995)

Corn Doll Cornucopia


SKU: 11698

Marion Adnams (1898 - 1995)

Corn Doll with Bird House and Flowers


SKU: 11686

Marion Adnams (1898 - 1995)

Design for a Nautical Mural, 1930’s


SKU: 11693

Marion Adnams (1898 - 1995)

Study of a Baby Bird and a Rabbit


SKU: 11696

Marion Adnams (1898 - 1995)

Study of flowers and vine


SKU: 11697

Marion Adnams (1898 - 1995)

Corn dolly with figure riding Turkey


SKU: 11700

Marion Adnams (1898 - 1995)

Plus ça change


SKU: 11702

Marion Adnams (1898 - 1995)

Study of a Rooster


SKU: 11705

Marion Adnams (1898 - 1995)

Study of a Beetle


SKU: 11706

Marion Adnams (1898 - 1995)

Orange Sun


SKU: 11711

Marion Adnams (1898 - 1995)

Bell Tower

Original price was: £1,550.00.Current price is: £1,085.00.

SKU: 11714

Marion Adnams (1898 - 1995)

Study for “Mr Prince’s Wagon – Storm”


SKU: 11296

Marion Adnams (1898 - 1995)

Standing Nude, red ink


SKU: 11270

Marion Adnams (1898 - 1995)

A Candle of Understanding in Thine Heart, 1964
SKU: 10257

Marion Adnams (1898 - 1995)

Seated nude, profile view, circa 1930


SKU: 10258

Marion Adnams (1898 - 1995)

Portrait of a girl seated three front quarter view, 1943


SKU: 10255

Marion Adnams (1898 - 1995)

Seated nude, three quarter rear view, circa 1930