Catalogue entry

T00318 LILIAN 1932
Inscr. ‘Bomberg 32’ b.l.
Canvas, 30×22 (76×56).
Purchased from the artist's widow (Grant-in-Aid) 1959.
Exh: Bloomsbury Gallery, November 1932 (33); National Society, R.I. Gallery, 1933 (310), as ‘Night’; Arts Council, September–October 1958 and provincial tour (22).
Repr: X, A Quarterly Review, I, 1960, facing p.185.

Painted at 10 Fordwych Road, N.W.2, where the artist was then living. Lilian Holt first met him in 1923 and he encouraged her to become a painter. She posed for a number of works and later became his second wife. Another portrait of her was in the National Society, R.I.Gallery, 1933 (320), as ‘Lilian’ and a later one, painted in 1937, was in the Arts Council exhibition, 1958 (35, repr.).

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