Walker Artwork of the Month – July

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‘Age of Jazz figures’, by Clarice Cliff
Free Gallery talks Tuesday 12 and Thursday 28 July, 1pm, ‘Age of Jazz’ exhibition.

This toy-like and playful group of figures was designed by Clarice Cliff in 1930. They were possibly made to be displayed around a ‘wireless’, when listening to jazz and dance-band music. Jazz developed in the early twentieth century; its roots embedded in American popular culture. From about 1919 American jazz bands were visiting Britain and taking the country by storm. The contemporary perception of jazz was as novel, exotic and modern. It inspired new forms of decoration, including continental and British ceramics.

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