Artist Victor Hume Moody: Portrait of a young girl, circa 1920

Artist Victor Hume Moody (1896-1990): Portrait of a young girl, circa 1920

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Victor Hume Moody (1896-1990):
Portrait of a young girl, circa 1920
Passe-partout (ref: 4991)
Pencil on paper, 11 7/8 x 9 1/2 in. (30 x 24 cm.)

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Moody studied at Battersea Polytechnic and at Royal College of Art under William Rothenstein where he proved himself to a draughtsman of exceptional skill. He became head master of Malvern School of Art, 1935-62, succeeded by his daughter, Catherine Olive Moody. Showed at RA, RP and RBSA and had a solo show at Goupil Gallery, 1939. Moody produced classical compositions and portraits. Harris Museum & Art Gallery in Preston, Bolton and Worcester Libraries and Worcester Cathedral hold examples. Lived in Malvern, Worcestershire. Moody was featured in The Last of the Classicists, which the Harris mounted in 1993. His work was featured in The Fine Art Society exhibition Counterpoint, (2011) and he was the subject of Liss Fine Art publication in 2012.

 Victor Moody’s distinctive voice has yet to find a large, enthusiastic and

appreciative public. He is not alone. He is in good company with other

British artists from the period, whose work is strikingly recognizable and

yet at the same time almost permanently out of vogue: Robert Weir Allen,

Harry Morley, William Strang, Charles Sims, Charles Shannon, Ambrose

McEvoy, Stanley Lewis, Albert Victor Wood. All displayed remarkable

technical skill - grounded in a profound and thorough training in draughtsmanship,

combined with acutely observed narratives. They are infused

with humour and idiosyncrasy. While the skill might be beyond dispute,

the subject matter and composition can make the work inaccessible to

a modern day audience. There is a sense of melodrama, a distortion of

beauty, a heightening of colour which unsettles. Most viewers are drawn

to conclude, sometimes reluctantly, more often readily, that the work produced

by such artists does not merit serious consideration. But what today

is seen, at best, as an enchanted backwater, might well be understood by

future generations to represent a more mainstream current of the art of its

day. The inherent quality of their work and the originality of their vision

begs a reassessment of their individual and collective place in twentieth

century British Art.

All of the works in this catalogue have come from the Estate of Catherine

Moody and represent the most important body of Victor Moody’s oeuvre

to have ever come on the market. We are especially grateful to Stephen

Whittle for the introductory essay to this catalogue. As the culmination of

two decades of research it provides an excellent context for Victor Moody’s


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