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Artist: Thomas Cooper GOTCH Click here to view artist's biography
Title: THE WISE AND THE FOOLISH VIRGINS: study
Watercolour heightened with body colour.
1907
34cm x 50cm
U.K.
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Inscribed to verso with address (Trewarveneth, Paul) Sketch of staircase to verso The grid can clearly be seen. Modern frame in a traditional style, gilded oak
Also known as PARABLE OF THE TEN VIRGINS. The Gotches stayed at Trewarveneth Farm from October 1906 to March 1907. This had been the home of Stanhope Forbes before he moved to Higher Faugan. In the event the Gotches stayed there until Wheal Betsy was built in 1909.
Provenance Commissioned for colour reproduction by Nelson and Co. The final painting was designed at Newlyn in 1906 and finished in the Finchley Road studio in April 1907.It was larger, measuring 27 x 19. It was sold to Mr E W FITCHEW at Nelsons. In the parable, the five wise virgins keep their lamps trimmed with oil in readiness for the return of the master of the house. The five foolish virgins go to sleep so when they need their lamps in the night, they have no oil and have to beg for oil from the wiser ones.
Literature THE GOLDEN DREAM: A BIOGRAPHY OF THOMAS COOPER GOTCH by Pamela Lomax (Sansom) page 133 We acknowledge the help of Pamela Lomax in researching this piece.
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