Helen Bradley (British, 1900-1979) Blackpool Sands 45.7 x 61 cm. (18 x 24 in.)
Lot 67
Helen Bradley (British, 1900-1979) Blackpool Sands 45.7 x 61 cm. (18 x 24 in.)
Sold for £60,000 (US$ 99,574) inc. premium
Auction Details
Lot Details
Helen Bradley (British, 1900-1979)
Blackpool Sands
signed 'Helen Bradley' and inscribed with fly insignia (lower right), further signed, inscribed and dated 'It was a warm sunny afternoon at/Blackpool. The tide was going out leaving/the sands firm and nice to walk on. So George and/I asked Mother, Grandma and the Aunts if we could all/walk just past the Central Pier. We knew the Punch/and Judy show would be there, and as soon as/Punch saw us he would wave his little stick/and say "I see you, your here again", which made/everyone laugh. We also knew that Willie and/Annie Murgatroyd would have built a big/sand castle, but, unfortunately we met Mrs/Hope-Ainsworth with Bertie and Nellie, also/Miss Carter (who wore Pink) and she was hurrying/in front of Mr Taylor (the Bank Manager). Aunt/Mary whispered to Mother that she was sure they'd/quarreled and I did so hope they'd get engaged/and the year was 1907/Helen Layfield Bradley 1974' (on a label verso)
oil on canvasboard
45.7 x 61 cm. (18 x 24 in.)

Footnotes

  • Provenance:
    Purchased directly from the artist by the present owner in 1976

    Literature:
    Ina Taylor, Helen Bradley's Lancashire, Halsgrove, Devon, 2002 (col.ill.p.53 & front cover)

    Helen Bradley spent her childhood holidays in Blackpool, where her paternal grandparents lived.

    Grandpa Layfield, a favourite of Helen and her younger brother George, had worked in the Hosiery trade in Lees and was known for his knowledge of machinery. Rumour has it he travelled as far as America to advise on the Singer Sewing Machine. By the time Helen was born, he had retired to Blackpool.

    He had more children late in life. The youngest, Aunt Edith, was only three years older than Helen and they were great friends. Aunt Edith often appears in Helen's work depicted as the teenage Aunt who 'regularly weeps over unrequited love'. (Ina Taylor, Helen Bradley's Lancashire, Halsgrove, in association with Helen Bradley Prints Ltd., Devon, 2002, p.21) In the summer of 1910 Helen stayed for a long holiday in Blackpool and attended school with Edith.

    From donkey rides and kite flying to the Punch and Judy shows, Bradley's paintings of Blackpool are amongst the most charming of her work and perfectly portray the heyday of the North-West coastal town.
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