Glass Chalice with Flowers and Mug
© Trustees of the David Jones Estate

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Glass Chalice with Flowers and Mug about 1950 - 1955
Following a nervous breakdown in 1947, Jones went to live as a lodger with his doctor in Harrow. There, he made a series of watercolour drawings which feature a glass goblet of flowers on a table surrounded by a variety of domestic objects. This delicate and lively composition is centred around an eighteenth-century German glass chalice. The distinctive curved metal arms of the casement windows of the artist’s small bedroom can also be seen in the painting. Critics have commented on the chalice as representing a sacrificial cup, which reflects the artist’s strong Catholic faith.

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The arrangement of different elements in a work of art.


A paint with colouring and binding agents diluted with water. It has a transparent quality and is usually applied to paper.

Composition, Watercolour


  • Acc. No. GMA 1532
  • Medium Watercolour, gouache and pencil on paper
  • Size 78.20 x 58.70 cm (framed: 117.00 x 86.80 x 3.00 cm)
  • Credit Purchased 1976