Marion Adnams (1898 - 1995)

Study for The Twins, 1955

SKU: 10259
Pencil across two sheets of paper

Height – 38cm x Width – 41cm


The Artist’s Estate
Llewellyn, Sacha, et al. Women Only Works on Paper. Liss Llewellyn, 2021, p. 76.

From her earliest work, Adnams played with discrepancies of scale and the creation of unlikely narratives
in a surrealist way. She recorded that When I first went to see René Magritte at the Tate I saw him for
the first time and I nearly passed out. So often the same thought had been with me”.

In 1930, Adnams started attending life classes at Derby School of Art. She was gratified to find her natural
ability to draw recognised, though perhaps less so in the terms her talent was acknowledged, with one
teacher remarking, she drew like a man, direct, with no rubbing out’. The ornamental dogs featured in the
pencil drawing Study of two Staffordshire Dogs were from Adnams’ own collection of Staffordshire pottery.
The addition of a piece of paper to the left-hand side, suggests that having at first intended to draw only
one of the pair, Adnams felt a compulsion to unite it with its companion.

The Staffordshire Dogs featured in this pencil drawing were from Adnams own collection.


Lewis Carroll’s Hunting of the Snark inscribed on the reverse:

‘In winter or summer, ’twas always the same‚Äî. You could never meet either alone’.


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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She wrote extensively, including an unpublished Autobiography.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


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Marion Adnams (1898 - 1995)

A Candle of Understanding in Thine Heart, 1964
SKU: 10256

Marion Adnams (1898 - 1995)

Full length standing nude rear view


SKU: 10257

Marion Adnams (1898 - 1995)

Seated nude, profile view, circa 1930


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Marion Adnams (1898 - 1995)

Portrait of a girl seated three front quarter view, 1943


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Marion Adnams (1898 - 1995)

Seated nude, three quarter rear view, circa 1930