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FS31: Two Day Fine Art Sale

Helen Bradley [1900-1979] - 'Going Home From Gt. Aunt Janes'

Auction Lot FS31/361

Helen Bradley [1900-1979] - 'Going home from Gt. Aunt Janes'- signed bottom left oil on board 39.5 x 24.5cm.

Helen Bradley [1900-1979] - 'Going Home From Gt. Aunt Janes' (FS31/361) offered in our Two Day Fine Art Sale starting on 12th July 2016 at our salerooms in Exeter, Devon.

Lot Description

Helen Bradley [1900-1979] - 'Going home from Gt. Aunt Janes'- signed bottom left oil on board 39.5 x 24.5cm.

This lot is subject to Droit de Suite.


There is an artist's card affixed to the reverse of the picture which reads as follows. 'The morning after Great Aunt Janes's birthday was bright and clear, so now that George and I had found where God lived, we badly wanted to see what it was like in daytime. We asked Grandma if she would take us for a walk down milking green to David Thomas's garden. Grandma loved gardens and plants, and so did David Thomas. 'Well children, get your hats on', and away we went. He was in his garden smoking his pipe and whilst he and Grandma talked George and I saw Gods's House and lo and behold there were lots of dogs sitting, waiting outside. There were all sorts of dogs, big dogs and little dogs and there were two actually sitting on the roof, and whilst we were watching a little old Lady, in a red shawl and carrying a heavy basket went past and up the steep path, 'Grandma', we cried, 'look at all those dogs', 'goodness me, whatever next' said Grandma. 'Its all right', said David Thomas, 'they are only waiting for their dinner; I believe Gods gone away and there's Mrs Winterbottom on her way to feed them. I guess she has taken something on looking after that lot, I guess I shall have to lend a hand', and Grandma laughed and laughed and all this happened in the year 1906.' *Biography. Helen Layfield Bradley MBE ( 20 November 1900-19 July 1979) was an English artist born in Lees, Lancashire, England. Her paintings, mostly in oils, typically depict life in Lancashire in the Edwardian era. She began to paint when she was in her sixties, meeting the painter LS Lowry who encouraged her in the creation of a narrative style based on her own childhood memories. From 1965 she became as popular in the United States as in the United Kingdom. in 1971 Jonathan Cape published the first of four books and Miss Carter Wore Pink, which was an instant success. Editions were then published in German, French, Dutch and Japanese and a special edition produced for the US. The series, illustrated with Bradley's naïve paintings, topped the bestseller lists in the early 1970s. Bradley appeared on a number of television chat shows of the 70s, including Pebble Mill at One and the Russell Harty Show. She was also a guest on BBC Radio 4's Desert Island Discs. The BBC and NBC network made documentaries about her life and the Northern Ballet adapted her work for the stage. She died on 19 July 1979c shortly before she was due to be honoured with an MBE.


Helen Bradley Studio Ltd. WH Patterson, London, Where Acquired By The Present Owner

Price Realised




Sale Information

FS31: Two Day Fine Art Sale
Tuesday, 12th July 2016
Wednesday, 13th July 2016

Okehampton Street, Exeter

This lot will be sold after 2:30pm on Tuesday, 12th July 2016 as part of the Painting, Water Colours, Drawings and Prints section of the sale.


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