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Edgar Bundy, A.R.A., R.B.A. (1862-1922)
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Edgar Bundy, A.R.A., R.B.A. (1862-1922)

The Doctor Forbids

Edgar Bundy, A.R.A., R.B.A. (1862-1922)
The Doctor Forbids
signed 'EDGAR BUNDY' (lower right)
oil on canvas
48¾ x 84½ in. (122.8 x 214.6 cm.)
A.E. Manson; Christie's, London, 1 November 1957, lot 111 (14 gns.).
Mrs H. Green, by 1961.
The Years Art, 1916, p. 16 (illustrated).
Studio, 1916, vol. 68, p. 40.
London, Royal Academy, 1916, no. 677.
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Lot Essay

Edgar Bundy was born in Brighton in 1862. A self-taught artist, he had spent time as a boy in the studio of the artist Alfred Stevens. He exhibited for the first time at the Royal Academy in 1881, and the Paris Salon from 1907 and in 1915 he was elected A.R.A. Probably one of his most celebrated genre scenes, displaying his typically fluid technique and loosely-handled brushstrokes is Finance (1913; Auckland, New Zealand), in which seven businessmen are gathered around a table in an Edwardian dining room involved in a discussion over their port.

Echoing the success of Finance, The Doctor Forbids was exhibited at the Royal Academy in 1916, during a time when the First World War was particularly bleak, yet the critic for the Studio noted the quality of that year's contributions to the exhibition:

..the Academy exhibition this year...shows no falling off either in sincerity of intention or strength of achievement. Indeed, there is perceptible in the collection brought together a definite stiffening of effort and an actual improvement in the quality of the contributions ...They have, in time of war, given us an exhibition which is more dignified, more serious, and more impressive, than any of those which have been seen at Burlington House for some years past.

Of the present painting, the critic complimented:

Mr. Edgar Bundy's domestic drama The Doctor Forbids is one of his most robust performances...

Such was the picture's popularity that a jigsaw puzzle was made of the painting.


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