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Mary Adshead (1904 - 1995)

Mary Adshead studied at the Slade School of Fine Art (1920–24) under Henry Tonks (1862–1937), who in 1924 selected her for a mural commission at Highways boys’ club in Shadwell, working with Rex Whistler (1905–1944). She became a prominent muralist, creating decorations for both public and private spaces, including the British Pavilion at the 1937 Paris International Exhibition. She also illustrated several books, such as The Little Boy and His House by Stephen Bone (1904–1958) (whom she married in 1929), and made designs for London Transport and the Post Office. As a noteworthy female artist, Adshead exhibited frequently at the WIAC from the mid –1930s, before serving on their committee in 1951. Working at a time when expectations of women were still largely confined to issues of domesticity, her prodigious professional output was noteworthy. Her approach to mural painting – especially in her choice

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An Unpleasant Surprise
Mary Adshead
An Unpleasant Surprise  For sale
£950
A Good Answer
Mary Adshead
A Good Answer  For sale
£825
Honey Bears
Mary Adshead
Honey Bears  For sale
£700
Lucky Day
Mary Adshead
Lucky Day  For sale
£775
John's House
Mary Adshead
John's House  For sale
£875
The Gong
Mary Adshead
The Gong  For sale
£900
Evening Primroses in a London Garden
Mary Adshead
Evening Primroses in a London Garden  For sale
£875
The Little Boy and His House, 1936
Mary Adshead
The Little Boy and His House, 1936  For sale
£1375
Beth Tomalin
Mary Adshead
Beth Tomalin  For sale 
The Landlady’s Daughters
Mary Adshead
The Landlady’s Daughters  For sale
£7800
Fete champetre
Mary Adshead
Fete champetre  For sale
£2500
Still life with Trellis Watering Can...
Mary Adshead
Still life with Trellis Watering Can...  For sale
£975
Have a Happy Christmas 1983
Mary Adshead
Have a Happy Christmas 1983  For sale
£195
Lunette design for a school mural
Mary Adshead
Lunette design for a school mural  For sale
£1980
Garison Lane Nursery Training School
Mary Adshead
Garison Lane Nursery Training School  For sale
£1400
Farmers ploughing
Mary Adshead
Farmers ploughing  For sale
£1100
Livestock Market
Mary Adshead
Livestock Market  For sale 
Still life of red lily with leopard...
Mary Adshead
Still life of red lily with leopard...  For sale 
The Old Rolls on Bodmin Moor; China...
Mary Adshead
The Old Rolls on Bodmin Moor; China...  For sale 
Gladstone & Venus, 1931
Mary Adshead
Gladstone & Venus, 1931  For sale 
Always an open way - always...
Mary Adshead
Always an open way - always...  For sale 
Portrait of Daphne Charlton, c. 1935
Mary Adshead
Portrait of Daphne Charlton, c. 1935  For sale 
Scenes from the Life of Christ:...
Mary Adshead
Scenes from the Life of Christ:...  For sale 
Richmond Bridge
Mary Adshead
Richmond Bridge  For sale 
The Coracle 1953
Mary Adshead
The Coracle 1953  For sale 
Still Life with Gloves, circa 1935
Mary Adshead
Still Life with Gloves, circa 1935  Sold 
Portrait of Marjorie Gertler, 1931
Mary Adshead
Portrait of Marjorie Gertler, 1931  Sold 
A Walk
Mary Adshead
A Walk  Sold 
Late again!
Mary Adshead
Late again!  Sold 
Tom The Sailor
Mary Adshead
Tom The Sailor  Sold 
Ladies Bathing Establishment
Mary Adshead
Ladies Bathing Establishment  Sold 
An Accident, circa 1930
Mary Adshead
An Accident, circa 1930  Sold 
The Royal Procession
Mary Adshead
The Royal Procession  Sold 
The Bone Family partaking in the...
Mary Adshead
The Bone Family partaking in the...  Sold 
Thatching a cottage roof
Mary Adshead
Thatching a cottage roof  Sold 
English Harvest
Mary Adshead
English Harvest  Sold 
Homage to Mozart, circa 1930's
Mary Adshead
Homage to Mozart, circa 1930's  Sold 
Study of a Fatsia Japonica in Bloom
Mary Adshead
Study of a Fatsia Japonica in Bloom  Sold 
Catching the Christmas Turkies
Mary Adshead
Catching the Christmas Turkies  Sold 
British Restaurant Coventry After...
Mary Adshead
British Restaurant Coventry After...  Sold 
Christmas Greetings  - houses in snow
Mary Adshead
Christmas Greetings - houses in snow  Sold 
Study of harbour
Mary Adshead
Study of harbour  Sold 
Study with fish and lighthouse
Mary Adshead
Study with fish and lighthouse  Sold 
Study with figurine
Mary Adshead
Study with figurine  Sold 
Christmas Card 1954
Mary Adshead
Christmas Card 1954  Sold 
Sumerian Lady Driving, 1928
Mary Adshead
Sumerian Lady Driving, 1928  Sold 
The First Bow And Arrow, circa 1928
Mary Adshead
The First Bow And Arrow, circa 1928  Sold 
A Caravan Inn
Mary Adshead
A Caravan Inn  Sold 
A Greek Soldier
Mary Adshead
A Greek Soldier  Sold 
Looking Down The Road
Mary Adshead
Looking Down The Road  Sold 
Portrait of Steven Bone
Mary Adshead
Portrait of Steven Bone  Sold 
Still life with Flowering Bouquet
Mary Adshead
Still life with Flowering Bouquet  Sold 
The Great Wall of China
Mary Adshead
The Great Wall of China  Sold 
Romulus and Remus
Mary Adshead
Romulus and Remus  Sold 
High Rise, circa 1960
Mary Adshead
High Rise, circa 1960  Sold 
Designs for circus decoration
Mary Adshead
Designs for circus decoration  Sold 
Nursery Designs
Mary Adshead
Nursery Designs  Sold 
Still life with stripey table cloth
Mary Adshead
Still life with stripey table cloth  Sold 
Still life with Carnations, circa 1935
Mary Adshead
Still life with Carnations, circa 1935  Sold 
Portrait a la Japonaise
Mary Adshead
Portrait a la Japonaise  Sold 
The Earth of Rocks and Water
Mary Adshead
The Earth of Rocks and Water  Sold 
Study for mural for tea room
Mary Adshead
Study for mural for tea room  Sold 
Clown training a circus monkey and...
Mary Adshead
Clown training a circus monkey and...  Sold 
Portrait fragment - woman with hair...
Mary Adshead
Portrait fragment - woman with hair...  Sold 
Stevenson's Locomotion 1, 1957
Mary Adshead
Stevenson's Locomotion 1, 1957  Sold 
Riding into Barmouth 1944
Mary Adshead
Riding into Barmouth 1944  Sold 
An English Holiday - Village Inn, 1928
Mary Adshead
An English Holiday - Village Inn, 1928  Sold 
An English Holiday - The Puncture, 1928
Mary Adshead
An English Holiday - The Puncture, 1928  Sold 
For Fun, early 1960's
Mary Adshead
For Fun, early 1960's  For sale