Evelyn Dunbar (1906-1960):
Sleeping Beauty, 10 minute sketch, c.1928 (HMO 786)
Unframed (ref: 6286)
Inscribed in pencil with title, probably by Florence Dunbar
Oil on canvas
19 x 13 in. (48 x 33 cm)
See all works by Evelyn Dunbar oil pencil night scenes and sleep portraits 1.PORTRAIT OF AN ARTIST 2.dunbar 2022 Golden Generation RCA WOMEN Evelyn Dunbar - The Last Works Evelyn Dunbar at The Watts Gallery
Provenance: Roger Folley; Alasdair Dunbar; Hammer Mill Oast Collection
Exhibited: Evelyn Dunbar - The Lost Works, Pallant House Gallery, October 2015 - February 2016.
Literature: Evelyn Dunbar - The Lost Works, eds Sacha Llewellyn & Paul Liss, July 2015, cat. 12, page 44:Evelyn Dunbar: A Life in Painting, Christopher Campbell-Howes, October 2016, page 51.
Dunbar presumably painted this endearing portrait of her father William, then about 66, after lunch one day. Always careful of dressing well, as befitted a bespoke tailor, even during the course of an after-lunch nap during which he has slipped down inside his jacket, he has a rose in his button-hole. The pencil inscription ‘Sleeping Beauty 10 minute sketch, on the lower part of the canvas, appears to have been written by Florence, William’s wife.
We are grateful to Christopher Campbell-Howes for assistance.