London, South Kensington
6 December 2007
Helen Layfield Bradley (1900-1979)
'Oh' cried the Aunts and Mrs Currie
signed with a fly (lower left), signed, inscribed and dated 'Oh, cried the Aunts and Mrs Currie ... as Miss Carter/(who wore pink) paused at the door before entering./She was wearing a very smart outfit copied/from the dress and hat worn by Queen Alexandra,/and, of course, not in Queen Alexandra's lovely/Parma Violet, Miss Carter enjoyed her Pinks, but/her tiny hat was so very smart when/everyone else wore huge ones. She did not/stay to tea, and as soon as she left Mrs Currie/cried 'Well now did you see her Nose. I am/sure she had powdered it with rice flour and what do you make of that! I know/what she's up to, she's out to catch a MAN'/and the year was 1908./Helen Layfield Bradley/1968' (on a label attached to the backboard)
oil on canvas-board
22 x 15¾ in. (55.8 x 40 cm.)
with Carter Gallery, Los Angeles.
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