- Elinor Bellingham-Smith 1906–1988
- Oil paint on canvas
- Support: 610 x 914 mm
- Purchased 1948
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).
Mary Chamot, Dennis Farr and Martin Butlin, The Modern British Paintings, Drawings and Sculpture, London 1964, I