This watercolour, titled "Guitar Player" was possibly intended to be painted onto a piece of furniture. The composition of a woman (perhaps a self portrait) playing a traditional mandolin is reminiscent of several romantic Pre-Raphaelite paintings of the 19th Century (see for example Kate Elizabeth Bunce's 'Musica' or Dante Gabriel Rosetti's 'The Mandolin Player'), but her dress and the interior details seem more contemporary to the early 1900s. The "great table", which Pugh's annotations indicate to the left hand side, is based on one designed by A.H. Mackmurdo for the Century Guild.


  • Title: Guitar Player
  • Creator: Elinor Pugh
  • Type: drawing
  • Rights: © William Morris Gallery, London Borough of Waltham Forest
  • Object Number: W145
  • Medium: Ink and watercolour on paper
  • Credit line: Miss Elinor Pugh bequest, 1963

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