Marion Adnams (1898 - 1995)

Study for Spring in the Cemetery, Uttoxeter Road, Derby, 1956


SKU: 10248
Pencil and watercolour.

Height – 55.7cm x Width – 10.8cm

1 in stock


The Artist’s Estate

Spring in the Cemetery, Uttoxeter Road, Derby 1956 by Marion Adnams,

Nottiingham City Museums

View of the old cemetery, Uttoxeter Road, Derby, with rows of headstones, some straight, others crooked. It is seen from the side, the rows of graves running vertically from the top of the picture to the bottom foreground. In the background of the picture is the cemetery wall, with a row of houses and a tower behind it. On the left, in the foreground, are two large trees with spring foliage, and on the right of the scene is a willow tree beginning to sprout leaves; behind is a large tree.

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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She wrote extensively, including an unpublished Autobiography.


Marion Adnams (1898 - 1995)
The Twins
Marion Adnams (1898 - 1995)
A Candle of Understanding in Thine Heart, 1964
Marion Adnams (1898 - 1995)
Witch and Bagpiper
Marion Adnams (1898 - 1995)
A two part design for a Nautical Mural, 1930’s
Marion Adnams (1898 - 1995)
Full length standing nude rear view


Marion Adnams (1898 - 1995)
Seated nude, profile view, circa 1930


Marion Adnams (1898 - 1995)
Portrait of a girl seated three front quarter view, 1943


Marion Adnams (1898 - 1995)
Study of a Variegated Thistle Leaf (Silybum marianum), 1930’s
Marion Adnams (1898 - 1995)
Seated nude, three quarter rear view, circa 1930


Marion Adnams (1898 - 1995)
Studies of paper scrolls and wild flowers