• 20th Century British Art auction at Christies

    Sale 5886

    20th Century British Art

    16 December 2009, London, South Kensington

  • Lot 27

    Helen Layfield Bradley (1900-1979)

    Winter Landscape (On the morning of my 10th Birthday)

    Price Realised  


    Helen Layfield Bradley (1900-1979)
    Winter Landscape (On the morning of my 10th Birthday)
    signed 'HELEN BRADLEY' (lower right) and with a fly (lower left)
    oil on panel
    15 x 19¼ in. (38.1 x 48.9 cm.)
    Sold with a label inscribed and dated by the artist 'On the morning of my tenth birthday, the postman/came with a big box for me, "whatever can it be" -/"it's come from Holland". I was in such a hurry/to open it I said, "Let us cut the string", but "no" said/Mother, "we never cut string", "I'll help you to undo it"/Inside was a real Dutch costume including a/pair of wooden clogs. The skirt, the pretty white/apron and the velvet bodice fit me perfectly. In/the letter my Dear Aunt Anne had included in/the parcel, she wished I was with her, staying in/a lovely old farm house, and what fun we would/have skating on the frozen canal, and when we became/very good, we would skate all the way to Haarlem/which was a beautiful place. We will take Woof/with us - the big, black farm dog, and there he is/watching me trying to skate, and, there's George/with the little girl from the farm, and the year was/1910' (on a label sold with the painting).

    Sold with the original 1977 Anvil Gallery receipt.

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    with Anvil Gallery (incorporating the Helen Bradley Centre), Cumbria, where purchased by Mr D.A.K. Gibson, 4 October 1977.
    with Clark Art Ltd, Cheshire, where purchased by the present owner, 2007.