Passing in the Night

Margaret Mellis

  • Artist

    Margaret Mellis

  • Date


  • Medium

    Found painted wood

  • Object number


  • Dimensions unframed

    23 × 35 × 4.5 cm

  • Marks

    Signed and dated verso

  • Copyright

    Ⓒ Margaret Mellis Estate courtesy of The Redfern Estate


Margaret Mellis, 1914-2009

Born in China, Mellis was taken to her parent' native Scotland at the age of one. She was a student at Edinburgh College of Art from 1929 to 1933, when a travelling Scholarship allowed her to study under André Lhote in Paris and to travel in Spain and Italy. Returning to the college, she had a Fellowship from 1935 to 1937. She moved to London in 1938 and married the painter and writer Adrian Stokes; after settling in Cornwall in 1939 they became central figures in the St Ives group. Mellis began to work in a Constructivist manner, inspired by her neighbour Naum Gabo. She moved to France in 1948 but returned to England in 1950.