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Evelyn Dunbar (1906-1960):
Portrait of the artist’s mother, Florence, on a bentwood rocking chair, c.1930 [HMO 797]
Framed (ref: 6364)
Signed with studio stamp “Evelyn Dunbar”
Oil on canvas, 8 x 10 in. (20 x 25.4 cm)
Provenance: Roger Folley; Alasdair Dunbar; Hammer Mill Oast Collection
Exhibited: Evelyn Dunbar - The Lost Works, Pallant House Gallery, October 2015 - February 2016, cat 14.
Literature: Evelyn Dunbar - The Lost Works, Sacha Llewellyn & Paul Liss, July 2015, cat. 14, page 46.
Florence Dunbar, née Murgatroyd, was the daughter of a Bradford woolmaster. She met William Dunbar on one of his frequent visits to Bradford for textiles for his Reading bespoke tailoring and household linen business. They married in 1895. A tireless and green-fingered gardener, she also painted innumerable floral still lifes. Evelyn owed much to her unceasing encouragement. She died in 1944.