Sunday, 16 February 2014

William Henry Margetson

Well, I said I'd update you on this but it's taken a long time!


I finally found my Pandora picture by dragging the image into Google Image search. This dainty little soul is from a painting by William Henry Margetson. The print is on silk and I've found a couple of sites with her for sale, but there isn't much about this particular painting. Called variously The Iron Chest and Girl With a Treasure Chest it was painted in 1924. Oxford Art Online gives the artist a scant few sentences, but tells me that he lived from 1861-1940. There is however a brief blog post here which has a good range of his images, all of a similar style. There are also collections of his work on Pinterest. It looks as though he was a populist painter of delicate ladies in various situations, but also did a number of illustrations for fairy tales, poetry, biblical stories and adventures with delightful titles like "The Tyger of Mysore" or "With Cochrane the Dauntless".  He seems to be a rather derivative artist, I can see parallels with a range of painters from Waterhouse to Kroyer, perhaps the reason Oxford are a bit sniffy about him!

I still think she's lovely, even if she isn't Pandora!

5 comments:

  1. Hi, l too have a WH Margetson 'Pandora's Box' print on silk which I love to bits, she has pride of place on my bedroom wall. Thanks to your blog I now know a bit more about her. Elaine

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    1. Hi Elaine, welcome to my blog. I'm so glad to have added to your understanding - she really is lovely isn't she? Took me a couple of years of intermittent web searching to track her down; one of the wonders of the Internet :-)

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  2. I too have this water colour which is titled "The Iron Chest" and was exhibited at the Royal Institute. On the back there is a full page of detail about the painting from the supplier which is Thos. Forman and sons. Nottingham 1925

    Keith

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  3. I have a copy that was printed in 1925 by Thos. Forman and Sons. On the back is a page of descriptive detail that notes that the print is titled "The Iron Chest" which was taken from the original water colour by W.H. Margetson which was exhibited at the Royal Institute. Apparently he painted a small series for Thos. Forman & sons for a calander in 1926. hope this helps. Keith

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    1. Hi Keith,
      how wonderful to have that extra detail; thank you so much for sharing with me. I shall do some googling to find out more. Wouldn't it have been delightful to have had the whole calendar when it was fusrt published. Eerily, 1926 was the year my Mum was born, she died in 2010, it puts a whole new perspective on the image.

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