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Gravy for the Navy

Peter Phillips

A large painting divided into compartments: four women painted on canvas and a section made up of board and pieces of dado rail.

This is an important example of early English pop art by a key member of the movement. The figures come from an old copy of Esquire magazine which Phillips combined with his trademark five pointed star.

Like many pop artists he experimented with everyday objects and imagery to give the impression of collage. The Gallery’s curator at the time, James Carter, made a significant effort to update Oldham’s rather conventional collection in the early 1960s and this major gift was an important boost for his campaign.

It is frequently requested for loan, though it is too fragile to travel and is therefore on permanent display in the Gallery.