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The Oldest Argument in the World

Date made: 1950s

Artist: Bridson, Thomas Arthur

Description: An unframed and unglazed oil painting by T.A.Bridson of a recumbent/ seated nude female figure looking at a rising green/ turquoise serpent or snake. The figure is sat on a grass bank with flowers and a tree (with red apples) in the background. Handwritten on the back of the painting in pencil is the inscription 'The Oldest Argument in the World, Painted by the oldest Manx art in the world, T.A.Bridson, born December 23rd 1860 - plain narrow gilt frame'. The painting is signed 'T.A.Bridson' and is painted on a thin sheet of wooden board/ plywood and depicts Eve in the Garden of Eden with the serpent (Temptation). Collected by the donor, together with other artwork by T.A.Bridson, from the Douglas School of Art premises at Kensington Road, Douglas. T.A.Bridson would mix his oil paints with petrol so they would take a considerable time to dry and in this case it was tacky to the touch for years. T.A.Bridson would repeat certain themes themes as shown by these two almost identical paintings.

Measurements: unframed artwork: 30.5 cm x 24 cm x .3 cm

Materials: oil on board

Object name: painting

Collection: Art Collection

ID number: 2007-0250


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