Portrait of Maeve Gilmore by Mervyn Peake

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Painting of Maeve with cat

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Portrait of Maeve Gilmore by Mervyn Peake

One of Peake's many paintings, this picture of his wife shows his unusual style to good effect. Trained in China and England and producing paintings, illustrations and cartoons, his eclectic life clearly influenced his work. Drayton Gardens did not prove a kind home to Peake as he suffered from steadily worsening Parkinson's Disease, reducing his ability to work. Despite this he still managed to illustrate one of his most popular poems, The Rhyme of the Flying Bomb, and decorate the dining room with murals before his death.

Copyright: V&A Purchase Grant Fund. Original painting held by The Mervyn Peake Estate.
Location of original: Bignell neg

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