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Woman reclining on a beach

Queen Mary’s Dolls’ House and the changing status of women in the 1920s

Maurice William Greiffenhagen (1862-1931)

Aphrodite c.1923

RCIN 927041

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This drawing was inspired by the curving and sinuous forms of plants which characterised the art nouveau style of the late nineteenth century. This movement is usually associated with the decorative arts and architecture, and can also be seen in the fabulous black-and-white illustrations of Aubrey Beardsley. Maurice Greiffenhagen’s pen and ink drawing depicts the goddess of love as an archetype of the beautiful woman, rising innocently from the waves.