N05345 MRS RICHARD CHILVER 1937–8
Inscr. ‘Claude Rogers 39’ t.r. in red and ‘Rogers 39’ in black.
Canvas, 35 3/4×23 3/4 (91×60·5).
Chantrey Purchase from the artist 1940.
Coll: Purchased at the Leicester Galleries by Edward Le Bas, but relinquished in exchange for another picture.
Exh: Contemporary English Painting, Wildenstein, March–April 1939 (26); Leicester Galleries, April 1940 (10); R.A., 1941 (99).
The artist wrote (n.d. October 1961) that the portrait was painted at Constable's House, 76 Charlotte Street, W.1, and was a ‘semi-demi commission which ... did not come off at the time. Many sittings during which Sally (Mrs Chilver) made much intellectual conversation and I... tried to get her eyes in the right place among other things I remember.’
Elizabeth (Sally) Graves, a niece of Robert Graves, married Richard Chilver in 1937. She was Director of the Oxford University Institute of Commonwealth Studies 1957–62.
Painted in 1937–8 and dated later for exhibition.
Mary Chamot, Dennis Farr and Martin Butlin, The Modern British Paintings, Drawings and Sculpture, London 1964, II
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