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Mutual Congratulations

BANTING, John (1902 - 1972)

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Date: 1937

Media: oil on canvas

Size: 101.0 x 76.2 cm

Acquired: On loan from the Derek Williams Trust since 2009

Accession Number: NMW A(L) 1611

Collection: Derek Williams Trust

A British Surrealist work depicting two chess pieces with skulls on top, which represent the upper class of Britain.  They are hollow like death and the mutual congratulations are just as empty as they annul each other.  The sarcasm of John Banting's work is a reflection of his disapproval of the superficiality as he saw it of the English high society.

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