Without Hands: Sarah Biffin II

Click here to listen to artist Alison Lapper and portrait miniatures specialist Emma Rutherford discussing the art of Sarah Biffin on the eve of the opening of “Without Hands”: The Art of Sarah Biffin. The exhibition is dedicated to the life and artistic achievemtns of this remarkable artist and is accompanied by a comprehensive catalogue as well…

Gerald Leslie Brockhurst: The War Widow (1923)

This painting was originally titled Andromache by the artist when it was painted in circa 1923 [fig. 1]. This initial title references the Greek princess recorded in Homer’s Iliad, who lost every male member of her family during the Trojan War. This portrait, painted in the aftermath of the Second World War, consequently assumes a…

Cedric Morris: May Flowering Irises No. 2 (1935)

“By 1935, when this work was painted, Morris’s fascination with irises had firmly taken hold. He established a studio in the garden where he would sit and paint his flower subjects for days on end, and one ex-student, Joan Warburton, poignantly reminisced how ‘to go in there quietly when Cedric was painting the favourite of…

Ambrose McEvoy: Lady Patricia Moore (c.1920)

“Despite being one of the most successful society portrait painters of his day, Ambrose McEvoy has until recently been overlooked. Born in 1877, McEvoy painted a plethora of important sitters throughout his career including Sir Winston Churchill and Lady Diana Cooper. McEvoy demonstrated exceptional artistic abilities from a young age. Encouraged by his father, Captain…

Sir Oswald Birley: The Nurse (1921)

Hidden from view in the ownership of her descendants, Philip Mould will talk about the arrival from America of an exquisite, hitherto unknown portrait of an arresting 1920’s nurse by society painter Sir Oswald Birley. Painted in return for medical services, this masterpiece by Birley combines his brilliance as a portraitist with the sublime lessons…