David Jones

Glass Chalice with Flowers and Mug

About this artwork

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.

Updated before 2020

  • artist:
  • title:
    Glass Chalice with Flowers and Mug
  • date created:
    About 1950 - 1955
  • materials:
    Watercolour, gouache and pencil on paper
  • measurements:
    78.20 x 58.70 cm (framed: 117.00 x 86.80 x 3.00 cm)
  • object type:
  • credit line:
    Purchased 1976
  • accession number:
    GMA 1532
  • gallery:
  • subject:
  • photographer:
    Antonia Reeve
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David Jones

David Jones