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House of Cards

© estate of Stanley Cursiter. All rights reserved, DACS 2019. Photo credit: Orkney Islands Council

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The models are Poppy Low and the artist's sister, Margaret. This is a vibrant and arresting conversation piece which shows the Japanese influence of the Aesthetic Movement. All things Japanese were very popular in Scotland in the early part of the twentieth century. A conversation piece typically shows a portrait group in a domestic or landscape setting, engaged in conversation or a social activity of a peaceful nature.

Orkney Museum





oil on canvas


H 100.5 x W 151 cm

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Acquisition method

purchased from Aitken Dott & Sons, Edinburgh, with the assistance of the National Fund for Acquisitions, 1979

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Inscription description

Stanley Cursiter 1924


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Tankerness House, Broad Street, Kirkwall, Orkney Islands KW15 1DH Scotland

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