Compartmented box construction with collage1979
About the work
'London Town' is a box construction of found images. On the left is the musical score cover of Sir Edward Elgar's 'Overture, Cockaigne (London Town)' and on the right are reproductions of late Victorian life. Like a visual foil, the red block unites the scenes, and the collaged images complement the score's grid of drawings.
Elgar's 'Overture' was composed in 1901, in the late Victorian era when London epitomised Britain's imperial success. The word 'Cockaigne' derives from the old English name for an imaginary land of plenty and is supposedly the source of 'Cockney' - the iconic London resident.
About the artist
- Elgar, Sir Edward, Baronet
- England, River Thames, London, Royal Courts of Justice, Piccadilly Circus, St. Paul's Cathedral, Palace of Westminster, St. James's Park, City of London, Regent Street, Westminster
- carriage, horseback, hansom cab, bus, drum (as subject), composer, classical music, musical score, statue (as Subject), painting (as Subject), archery, target, male portrait, townscape/cityscape, wing, dog, horse, river, face, moustache, man, woman, crowd, armour, military uniform, bearskin, helmet, backpack, coat of arms, Knight, parade, spear, shield, bow & arrow, soldier, guardsman, angel, street, bridge (urban), cathedral, bell tower, column, clock tower, tower
Graham Arnold (1932 - )
- London Town
- Compartmented box construction with collage
- height: 48.20 cm, width: 30.80 cm
- Purchased from Simon Hilton Ltd, September 2001
- inscribed verso on backing sheet
- Patrick Farndale 1986; purchased from Simon Hilton Ltd September 2001.
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