Trompe l'oeil (Drummer Boy)

Martin Battersby (1914 - Lewes 1982)
National Trust Inventory Number 724104.6

Category Paintings
Date 1950 - 1960
Materials Oil on canvas laid down on panel
Measurements 2000 x 1120 mm
Place of origin
Collection Mompesson House, Wiltshire (Accredited Museum)
Not on show

Summary description

Oil painting on canvas laid down on panel, Trompe l'oeil (Drummer Boy) by Martin Battersby (1914 - Lewes 1982), 1950-60. A painting on the theme of the Mompesson Drummer Boy, a ghost. Depicted are a classical medallion, printed notice, military drum and drumsticks, a shoe (?) and three hand-written notes. He was the Luggershall drummer. Plaque at top containing face. Below the plaque is a nail from which is suspended a drum with buckled strap and drumsticks suspended as if playing. Behind the drum strap is a notice featuring the words 'Or a full and Pia...ce / EVIDENCE WITCH..S AND APPAR...NS / The Second Part. / The ENL...GED NARRATIVE OF .... / M. MOMPESSO.. / ... CAUSED BY THE VILLAN... DRUMMER / L...ON ..... MDCC..'. Below the drum, as if falling to the ground, are three pages of writing. Framed and glazed.

Provenance

Commissioned by Denis Martineau (1907-1975) the last owner of Mompesson House

Makers and roles

Martin Battersby (1914 - Lewes 1982), artist

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Place of origin
Materials Glass (60031)
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Category Paintings (12604)
Collection Mompesson House, Wiltshire (Accredited Museum) (2035)
Periods 20th century (174097)
Maker Martin Battersby (1914 - Lewes 1982) (8)
Subjects
Object Type Trompe l'oeil (8)

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