12 November 2009
Duncan Grant (1885-1978)
Portrait of Vanessa Bell in Fancy Dress
signed and dated 'D. Grant 30' (lower right)
oil on panel
46 x 24¼ in. (116.8 x 61.3 cm.)
Purchased by Sir Hugh Walpole at the 1931 exhibition.
Sir Hugh Walpole; Christie's, London, 21 May 1954, lot 33, where purchased by the present owner.
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F. Spalding, Duncan Grant A Biography, London, 1997, p. 309.
London, London Artist's Association, Cooling Galleries, Recent Paintings by Duncan Grant, June - July 1931, no. 14.
Vanessa Bell posed for Grant at 8 Fitzroy Square, London, but the landscape glimpsed in this painting is the Alpes Maritimes near their cottage near Cassis.
The present work appears in the background of a portrait of the previous owner and novelist, Sir Hugh Walpole (1884-1941), painted by Stephen Bone and in the collection of the National Portrait Gallery, London.
We are very grateful to Richard Shone for his assistance in cataloguing this lot.
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