In stark contrast to most early 20th century still life paintings, Philpot's rendering of 'Stachys and Leaves' has an ethereal atmosphere that is far from decorative. Stachys, also known as Woundwort, was an important medicinal plant in the treatment of wounds, dating back to the early medieval Anglo-Saxons.
Best known for Symbolist paintings featuring androgynous figures, and later for society portraiture, Glyn Philpot began still life compositions in the 1930s. In his introduction to the Fine Art Society Exhibition catalogue, J.G.P. Delaney notes, "With his refined draughtsmanship and wonderful sense of colour these are some of his most ravishing works”.
The Fine Art Society, London
Private Collection, 1998-2021
Brighton, Brighton Art Gallery, Glyn Philpot, April - May
1953, cat no 42
London, The Fine Art Society, Glyn Philpot, 17 November - 16 January
1998, cat no 22, illustrated page 32 travelling to:
Pallant House Gallery, 6 February - 29 March 1998