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Preliminary Drawing and Colour Scheme for "The Prodigal Son" by Florence Camm


 

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Florence Camm studied at the School of Art intermittently from 1892-1912, before leaving to concentrate on the family firm of stained glass design, T. W. Camm & Co. Whilst at the School of Art, Camm worked in all media very much in the Arts and Crafts tradition which flourished at the School. In the early 1900s she was taught stained glass design by Henry Payne and won a Silver Medal from the Government Board of Education at South Kensington for designs in stained glass.
This preliminary drawing and accompanying colour scheme are for a stained glass window design based on the parable of the Prodigal Son (Luke 15: 11-32), representing the virtues of repentance and forgiveness. In the parable, a man divided his estate between his two sons, the younger of which went off and after squandering his fortune on high living, was reduced to tending a farmer's pigs. Eventually he returned home penitently and was joyfully received by his father, the scene shown here. In Camm's design, the viewer observes the scene through a window which creates the border, and the son is shown kneeling in supplication to his father who has risen from his chair to welcome him whilst the mother and daughter look on.
Both works are signed and dated in the bottom right and the embossed “ESK” stamp is visible towards the bottom left corner indication that the work was sent to South Kensington for examination.
Artist:Florence Camm
Artwork type:drawing
Material:Pencil, watercolour, bodycolour and ink on paper
Measurements:Preliminary drawing 262 W x 248mm H Colour scheme 267 W x 248mm H
Date:1901
Location:BIAD School of Art Archive
Culture:English
Rights owner:Artist died 41 years ago and BIAD have been unable to trace the copyright owner in this work. The Keeper of Archives would be glad to receive any information concerning ownership of rights in this work. We regret that this image is provided for reference only & reproductions cannot be supplied. For more information please contact the Keeper of Archives at BIAD
Rights status:The copyright of the artwork is owned by a private individual. The copyright of this digital image is owned by BIAD. We regret that this image is provided for reference only and reproductions cannot be supplied. For more information please contact the Keeper of Archives at BIAD
Institution:Birmingham Institute of Art and Design

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