HELEN BRADLEY (1900-1979)
HELEN BRADLEY (1900-1979)
HELEN BRADLEY (1900-1979)
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HELEN BRADLEY (1900-1979)

Happy Land

HELEN BRADLEY (1900-1979)
Happy Land
signed with a fly (lower left), signed again, inscribed and dated 'There was a Happy Land, Far Far away…/Sang Albert, the new Curate and Miss Smith, who/urged the Children from the Mount Pleasant Mission to sing with all their might, but the Children wanted to begin the Treat straight away with the Tea, and/then the Races and sweets. All the Ladies from/Leesfield had helped to make it a Day to/Remember. Aunt Frances and Aunt Charlotte are/seeing that everyone gets a mug of Tea. Miss Carter (who/wore Pink) came, but did not bring her apron, so she/looked after our dogs, Gyp and Barney. Mother is also/helping, but is rather anxious lest George & I go/near the poor children, especially one little boy who has/put up his hand saying "Please Miss, I feel sick."/"Dear me," said Mother "what shall we do with him," but/we found out that the poor little boy hadn't had/anything to eat all day and had come over faint,/and the year was 1907/ Helen Layfield Bradley 1971.' (on the artist's label attached to the backboard)
oil on canvas
22 x 32 in. (55.9 x 81.3 cm.)
Painted in 1971.
A gift from the artist to Bishop Foskett.
Mrs Joan Elizabeth Morton.
with Michael J Grimes, Liverpool, where purchased by the present owner in March 1994.
London, W.H. Patterson, Helen Bradley M.B.E. Commemorative Exhibition, July - August 2000, no. 24.
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Lot Essay

Helen Bradley drew inspiration from her childhood memories of Edwardian Britain. Bradley did not start painting until she was in her sixties, when she began to illustrate the experiences of her youth for the sake of her grandchildren. Bradley’s style and depictions of busy street scenes often see her associated with modern British masters such as L.S. Lowry, whom she met in the 1960s. By 1971, Bradley had reached critical acclaim. Highly successful shows in London and Los Angeles gained her worldwide recognition. In her final years, Bradley was set to receive an MBE from the Queen for her services to the arts but she sadly passed away before she could receive it.

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