Elinor Bellingham-SmithDragon-Flies 1947-8

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Artwork details

Artist
Elinor Bellingham-Smith (1906‑1988)
Title
Dragon-Flies
Date 1947-8
MediumOil paint on canvas
Dimensionssupport: 610 x 914 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition Purchased 1948
Reference
N05873
Not on display

Catalogue entry

N05873 DRAGON-FLIES 1948
 
Inscr. ‘E B S’ b.l.
Canvas, 24×36 (61×91·5).
Purchased from the artist through the Leicester Galleries (Knapping Fund) 1948.
Exh: Leicester Galleries, October 1948 (27).

Completed in 1948, though possibly begun in 1947. The idea came when the artist was staying at Hurley near Henley-on-Thames, the scene of a number of her landscapes; one day there was a swarm of dark blue dragon-flies which inspired a number of drawings. The oil was painted partly in the artist's London studio, partly at Hurley (letters from the artist, 10 and 16 August 1960).

Published in:
Mary Chamot, Dennis Farr and Martin Butlin, The Modern British Paintings, Drawings and Sculpture, London 1964, I

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