ithell colquhoun magician born of nature
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Ink and gouache. 12¼ x 17½in. (31.1 x 44.5cm.) Provenance Purchased from the artist in 1977 by the present owner. Exhibited Penzance, Newlyn Gallery, 1976, no. 31, as ca. 1946. St. Ives, Tate Gallery, 2009. Edinburgh, Arusha Gallery, 2021. Literature Ratcliffe, 2007, ill. col. pl. 75. Shillitoe & Morrisson, 2014, ill. col. fig. 6. The technique is decalcomania. All the works in the Santa Warna series depict the well as a substantial structure atop a short flight of steps. In reality, at the times when Colquhoun could have visited St Agnes, the well was little more than a natural spring in a field surrounded by a kerb of un-worked stones.