HOMOEROTIC DRAWINGS – GAY SEX AND…

‘SECRET’ DRAWINGS OF GAY SEX AND LOVE FROM THE ’40S AND ’50S BY DUNCAN GRANT

“What is constant is their tenderness – these are not depictions of power plays, of aggressive or brutal encounters.”

Words: Jamie Tabberer; all pictures: Untitled drawing, c.1946-1959, Duncan Grant (1885-1978), The Charleston Trust © The Estate of Duncan Grant, licensed by DACS 2020

A series of staggeringly homoerotic and formally “hidden” drawings by the late artist Duncan Grant have been unveiled by Charleston.

They’re absolutely beautiful.

The artworks, which date back to the 40s and 50s, were initially kept under wraps because of the illegality of gay sex. (Homosexual acts between men were legalised in the UK in 1967.)

“The risk of discovery, of prosecution, of imprisonment was real,” Dr Darren Clarke.

“So, they remained in secret, like so much of our LGBTQ+ culture.”

Untitled drawing, c.1946-1959, Duncan Grant (1885-1978), The Charleston Trust © The Estate of Duncan Grant, licensed by DACS 2020
Untitled drawing, c.1946-1959, Duncan Grant (1885-1978), The Charleston Trust © The Estate of Duncan Grant, licensed by DACS 2020

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