• 20th Century British And Irish auction at Christies

    Sale 7789

    20th Century British And Irish Art

    12 November 2009, London, King Street

  • Lot 56

    Helen Layfield Bradley (1900-1979)

    Blackpool Station

    Price Realised  


    Helen Layfield Bradley (1900-1979)
    Blackpool Station
    signed 'HELEN BRADLEY' and with a fly (lower right)
    oil on canvas-board
    20 x 24 in. (50.8 x 61 cm.)

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    Helen Bradley's extended family visited Blackpool, where Helen's paternal grandfather lived, for the Easter and summer holidays each year during her childhood. The large family group comprised Mother, Father, Helen and George, her maternal Grandma, her three aunts, Mary, Frances and Charlotte, as well as their dogs, Gyp and Barney, and their cats, Martha and Nelson (who travelled in wicker baskets). Their neighbour, Miss Carter (who wore pink) and the widowed bank manager, Mr Taylor, often accompanied them. The journey depicted in the present composition must have taken place in the summer holidays as the ladies are wearing lighter dresses and Helen and George are wearing their white sailor suits.

    Blackpool South station was originally named Waterloo Road when it opened in 1903, and was a busy four platform station until 1965 when the express Marton Line, which had passed through Blackpool South onto Blackpool Central, ceased running.

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    A gift from the artist to the present owner's mother, and by descent.