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BANTING, John (1902 - 1972)
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.