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Marionette in a Cossack Costume

© estate of Enid Marx. Photo credit: Compton Verney

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An unframed oil on board painting by Enid Marx of a seated carved wooden marionette in Cossack-style costume, with a beard. He wears a pink blouson, short brown trousers and yellow leggings. His left arm is raised. Enid Marx painted these two oil paintings of 19th century marionettes in the 1940s. The marionettes, which were in a private collection are here shown in traditional costumes and show the unusual mix of craft, drama and the grotesque which Marx found captivating. Marx and Lambert wrote in their book 'English Popular Art', '19th century English marionettes and glove puppets... are often admirable examples of design, … the carved heads are extremely dramatic and often witty characterisations of the more or less stock personages'.

Compton Verney

Compton Verney


Marionette in a Cossack Costume


oil on board


H 35.5 x W 29 cm

Accession number

CVCSC : 0255.337.F

Acquisition method

bequeathed by the artist, 1998

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Compton Verney, Warwickshire CV35 9HZ England

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