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Oil on canvas painting entitled 'Music in the National Gallery 1942' signed by H. Scott Harrison and dated 1942. It is glazed and framed in a modern reproduction painted wooden frame with a stained metal leaf finish, manufactured in 1981 by Sebastian D'Orsai Ltd.
Object type: oil painting
Object number: 17/1974

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Detailed Description: +/-

Title/Model: Music in the National Gallery 1942 (exhibition title)
Physical Description:
Painting, oil on canvas, signed at the bottom right hand corner and with paper labels on the reverse side.
Materials & technique: oil on canvas, glazed and framed in a painted wood frame
Dimensions: Height 35.4cm (canvas)
Width 44.5cm (canvas)

History: +/-

Date: 1942 (painted)
Period: Twentieth century (1900-1999)
Production Note:
Attribution note: The subject matter suggests that the picture was probably painted in London.
Artist/Maker Names: H. Scott Harrison (artist)
Place: London, England (painted)
Object History:
Between October 1939 and April 1946 a series of concerts were organized by Dame Myra Hesse at the National Gallery in aid of the Musicians Benevolent Fund.
Display Labels:
Label text, Geffrye Museum, date unknown:
Music in the National Gallery 1942. H. Scott-Harrison. Oil on canvas.

Caption for Exploring 20th Century London website:
This painting shows part of the audience at one of the daily lunchtime concerts held at the National Gallery throughout the Second World War. During the war the cultural life of the capital was severely restricted. Galleries, theatres and cinemas were closed down and the National Gallery's collection was moved to safe storage outside London. The concerts, organised by famous classical pianist Myra Hess, proved hugely popular although they were unashamedly highbrow. Hess later commented, 'everybody was very busy during the war and there was nobody to tell the people that this sort of music was over their heads. So they came and liked it.'
References:
Oil paintings in public ownership in London: North & East. Coordinator: Elizabeth Heath; Photographers: Doug Atfield and Andy Johnson (London: Public Catalogue Foundation, 2013).

Subject/Content: +/-

Content Description:
This painting depicts a group of people watching a concert in the National Gallery, London. The figures are shown in profile seated and standing around a pillar. Paintings and a sculpture are shown in the background.
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