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Café, galleries and shop: Tuesday – Sunday 11am – 5pm

House: Tuesday – Sunday 12  – 5pm

Free, timed entry tickets to the House are available at the information desk on arrival or online here.

Last entry to the House is at 4.30pm

Please note that our galleries will be closed from
8 – 22 October 2018
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Our work of the week is ‘Flora in Calix Light‘ by David Jones. We have leant several of our David Jones works, including this one, to David Jones: Vision and Memory currently on show at Pallant House Gallery.

David Jones (1895–1974) was a painter, engraver, poet and maker of inscriptions. Flora in Calix Light represents one of the most joyous of his late watercolours, celebrating life through a combination of natural subject-matter and religious symbolism.

In a contemporary appreciation of Jones, Jim Ede wrote of Flora in Calix Light: “At first glance the 1950 painting presents an opaque surface, scratched and weathered, a few Marguerite Daisies, here and there a touch of cornflower blue, and unassertive single dahlias, brick red. There is a confusion, an all over mixing common to the anonymity of all general impressions. Then in that confusion there stands out a great goblet holding a spread scattering of flowers; the goblet is of crystal – hard and brittle, in which water lies and in that water stems of flowers, a refracted light breaking their continuity but exposing their strength and substance.” The artist, who was a close friend of Ede’s, gave him the work as a present the year after it was completed.