This painting was originally shown in 1974 under an alternate title: Death and The Three Graces, for the Greek goddesses of beauty, charm, and joy. The painting was taken to the Royal Academy’s Summer Exhibition in 1975. The image is overloaded with allegorical associations, including Beauty and Decay, Fool Symbolism, and The Three Fates. However, the quotation of the painting itself within the painting creates the sense of a doppelganger, or double, an uncanny portent of bad luck in German folk-lore.
Oil on canvas
This painting, specially commissioned in 1977, features (to the left) prominent architects and engineers responsible for some of Plymouth’s major building enterprises. Isambard Kingdom Brunel built the Royal Albert Bridge linking Plymouth to Cornwall by rail in 1859; John Foulston (foreground) designed many of Plymouth’s public and private buildings between 1810 and 1830; Sir Patrick Abercrombie, the Town Planner and co-author of the ‘Plan for Plymouth’ (1943), and its other author, J. Paton Watson, Plymouth City Engineer and Surveyor, who designed much of the post-war city centre.
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