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Before I threw it in the fire
2007
570 x 755 mms
pen-and-ink on watercolour paper





Study of a Knopper Gall, magnified x 6.

Knopper Galls are caused by tiny gall wasps (Andricus quercuscalis) which lay eggs in the acorns of Pedunculate oak trees. The presence of the wasp larvae leads the acorn tissue to contort and distort in bizarre shapes, all different. In this study the gall has assumed a distinctly insectivorous shape. While the title seems to imply that the gall is worthless, the attention which Nicholson has given to its depiction suggests that such objects have an intense beauty.


2 of 5

Before I threw it in the fire
2007
570 x 755 mms
pen-and-ink on watercolour paper


3 of 5

Before I threw it in the fire
2007
570 x 755 mms
pen-and-ink on watercolour paper


4 of 5

Before I threw it in the fire
2007
570 x 755 mms
pen-and-ink on watercolour paper


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Before I threw it in the fire
2007
570 x 755 mms
pen-and-ink on watercolour paper