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triton

                                     c. 1971

Watercolour and pencil. 9 x 11¾in. (22.9 x 30.4cm.) Titled verso and inscribed ‘A Telechine’. Provenance NT. Victoria and Albert Museum, London. In Greek mythology, Triton, a sea god, was the son of Poseidon. He is usually portrayed as having the head and trunk of a man and, in place of legs, the tail of a fish. A telechine is a sea spirit. In some legends the telechines made Poseidon’s trident. The technique is stillomancy. The work is datable to ca. 1971 in common with other works of gods and spirits using this technique.