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Vanessa Bell (1879-1961)

Portrait of Molly MacCarthy

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Vanessa Bell (1879-1961)
Portrait of Molly MacCarthy
oil on panel
23½ x 17½ in. (59.7 x 44.5 cm.)
Painted in 1912.
Exhibited
Johannesburg, Art Gallery, Bloomsbury Artists at Charleston: Paintings from the Reader's Digest Corporate Collection, November 1992 - February 1993, no. 11.
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Lot Essay

Molly Warre-Cornish married the writer and critic Desmond MacCarthy in 1906. A close personal friend of Vanessa's, this is the first of three portraits Bell made of her at Asheham House, Sussex, in late September 1912. In each the pose is very similar; an intimate moment with the sitter concentrating on her sewing, the present work painted on a wood panel. The third version (private collection, London) is almost entirely carried out in collage.
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