Ashmolean Museum Oxford

Gilbert Cannan and his Mill Greetings Card


Gilbert Cannan (1884-1955) was a writer and dramatic critic and he lived in a converted windmill at Cholesbury in Buckinghamshire.

This painting by Mark Gertler is a full-length portrait of Gilbert Cannan standing in front of his mill with his two dogs. This is a traditional subject but here it is also an ironic comment on traditional 18th century portraits of English gentlemen with their faithful hounds.

Gilbert Cannan and his Mill is a radical reworking of a traditional theme and reflects Gertler's interests in contemporary art of the period. Gertler has hardened the figures into geometrical shapes so that Gilbert Cannan almost has the appearance of a doll.

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Materials: FSC certified paper

Dimensions: 12.5cm x 18cm