9 June 2006
Helen Layfield Bradley (1900-1979)
Buying ducks for Christmas
signed 'HELEN BRADLEY' and with a fly (lower left); signed again and inscribed 'No 3 HELEN BRADLEY/2 GREEN VILLA PARK/WILMSLOW/CHESHIRE BUYING DUCKS FOR CHRISTMAS' (on the stretcher); and inscribed 'Mother said it wouldn't be long before it/was Christmas and that we'd better be/thinking about Ducks! Grandpa was coming/to stay with us for a few days, and Grandpa/loved Duck, so, although it had snowed through/the night, the Aunts and Miss Carter (who wore Pink)/called for Mother, George and I, decided to go up/to Warfe's Farm and see if they had any Ducks/-when we arrived there, Annie Warfe was feeding the hens, and, there quacking along/in a line were the Ducks, so Mother asked if/they could let us have four, and they arrived/in time for Grandpa and all of us to have/a Good Dinner and the year was 1906.' (on a label attached to the reverse)
oil on canvas laid on board
15 3/8 x 19½ in. (39 x 49 cm.)
with W.H. Patterson, London.
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