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Salem centenary and TV programme

9 June 2008 by Karen

painting of int inside of a chapel with men, women and a boy praying and a women in tradional Welsh costume standing in the centre

The answer to last week’s Name That Object competition was Salem by Sidney Curnow Vosper which hangs in the Lady Lever Art Gallery. Coincidentally, this year sees the centenary of the painting, and this weekend S4C is showing a programme on the painting. It will be broadcast at 8.30pm on Sunday 15 June (in Welsh with English subtitles).

If you don’t know the painting it’s really quite a strange piece but one which, I’m told, has hung in many a Welsh home after Lord Leverhulme bought the original and then gave away prints with his soap. It’s said to show the Devil’s face in the folds of the shawl of the central character, Siân Owen. There’s more on the programme on the icWales website.

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