• 20th Century British And Irish auction at Christies

    Sale 7789

    20th Century British And Irish Art

    12 November 2009, London, King Street

  • Lot 26

    Duncan Grant (1885-1978)

    Portrait of Vanessa Bell in Fancy Dress

    Price Realised  


    Duncan Grant (1885-1978)
    Portrait of Vanessa Bell in Fancy Dress
    signed and dated 'D. Grant 30' (lower right)
    oil on panel
    46 x 24¼ in. (116.8 x 61.3 cm.)

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    Vanessa Bell posed for Grant at 8 Fitzroy Square, London, but the landscape glimpsed in this painting is the Alpes Maritimes near their cottage near Cassis.

    The present work appears in the background of a portrait of the previous owner and novelist, Sir Hugh Walpole (1884-1941), painted by Stephen Bone and in the collection of the National Portrait Gallery, London.

    We are very grateful to Richard Shone for his assistance in cataloguing this lot.

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    Purchased by Sir Hugh Walpole at the 1931 exhibition.
    Sir Hugh Walpole; Christie's, London, 21 May 1954, lot 33, where purchased by the present owner.


    F. Spalding, Duncan Grant A Biography, London, 1997, p. 309.


    London, London Artist's Association, Cooling Galleries, Recent Paintings by Duncan Grant, June - July 1931, no. 14.