T02081 PORTRAIT OF MRS. LILIAN KENNETT 1976
Inscribed ‘Leonard McComb/June 3 1976/LM’ (monogram) b.r.
Pencil and watercolour, 31 7/8 × 21 5/8 (81.0 × 55.0)
Purchased from the artist (Gytha Trust) 1976
Exh: The Human Clay: An Exhibition Selected by R. B. Kitaj, Hayward Gallery, August 1976 (not in catalogue)
Lit: ‘How Lilian moved into the Tate’, Oxford Mail, 18 October 1976, p.7 repr.
Mrs Kennett (1913–1977), a friend of Leonard McComb and his wife, agreed to pose for the drawing and sat every day for six weeks in the artist's studio in Brixton. Of the drawing the artist wrote: 'I spent two hours after each sitting working on the drawing. In the drawing I tried to portray the unique character of the sitter. The pose was a natural position of Mrs Kennett…