Exotic flower mixed media and foil collage on glass 48.3 x 36.8 cm. (19 x 14 1/2 in.)
PROVENANCE: Emily Beatrix Coursolles Jones Thence by family descent to the present owner in 1966
EXHIBITED: London, Upper Grosvenor Gallery, Carrington: a Retrospective Exhibition, 6-28 November 1970, glass painting room unnumbered (where lent by the present owner)
In her 'tinsel' paintings of the 1920s and early 30s Carrington revisits a tradition of glass painting inspired by oriental techniques and made popular by the Victorians. Carrington would outline in ink a mirror image of her chosen composition directly onto glass. Colour was then introduced by way of opaque paints and finally the works would be backed with carefully flattened foils of collected sweet wrappers, resulting in a pearlescent and opulent quality.
Initially Carrington would produce these only as gifts for friends. However their extremely appealing nature lent itself to commercial gain and Carrington found that a good income could be had selling the works which she did through Fortnum & Masons on Piccadilly for between 35 shillings and £2.
E.B.C. Jones was a novelist active in the early 20th century and friend of Dora Carrington.