Vanessa Bell 1879–1961
T01123 HELEN DUDLEY circa 1915
Canvas, 28½×24 (72.5×61).
Chantrey Purchase from the artist's daughter, Mrs Angelica Garnett, 1969.
Exh: Adams Gallery, October 1961 (13, dated 1916); Arts Council Gallery, London, February–March 1964, and provincial tour, April–August (29); Royal Academy, 1970 (45).
Repr: Royal Academy Illustrated, 1970, p. 8.
The sitter was the daughter of a Chicago gynaecologist. In his Autobiography ... 1872–1914, 1967, Bertrand Russell tells (pp. 212–14) how, having earlier studied at Oxford under Gilbert Murray, Helen Dudley returned to England in 1914. Duncan Grant recalled (conversation, 18 July 1970) that Vanessa Bell painted this portrait at Durbins, Roger Fry's home in Guildford, before Helen Dudley's friendship with Russell broke up. He himself did not recall ever painting her. A drawing of Helen Dudley by Roger Fry is in the possession of Fry's daughter Mrs Pamela Diamand.
The Tate Gallery 1968-70, London 1970