Helen Bradley (British, 1900-1979) Washing-Day 41.1 x 50.8 cm. (16 1/4 x 20 in.)
Lot 9AR
Helen Bradley (British, 1900-1979) Washing-Day 41.1 x 50.8 cm. (16 1/4 x 20 in.)
Sold for £56,450 (US$ 91,602) inc. premium

Lot Details
Helen Bradley (British, 1900-1979)
Washing-Day
signed and dated 'Helen Bradley/1972' and with fly insignia (lower right); further signed, inscribed and dated again 'We set out to visit Great aunt Buckley/"and', said mother, "everybody seems to be/Spring Cleaning". There was Mrs Ormrod with/a line full of washing, and Minnie and/Poor little Sammy were out with her in the sunshine./Everyone felt sorry for Poor Little Sammy, he was/so white and thin and always ailing,/Grandma, Mother and Aunt Frances are talking/to him, but Aunt Mary has seen John Sam'els/chimney on fire and John Sam'el calmly/watching it. How angry all the women are/"Just when we've got all our washing on the/line, he always does this", and they shouted/at him, but it made no difference, he/just stood calmly smoking his pipe and/saying nothing. Miss Carter (who wore Pink)/has walked on to meet Mr Taylor (the Bank/Manager) and was cross also – she was afraid/of the soot spoiling her new dress, and the year was 1908/Helen Layfield Bradley 1972." (on an accompanying label)
oil on canvasboard
41.1 x 50.8 cm. (16 1/4 x 20 in.)

Footnotes

  • PROVENANCE:
    Sale; Christie's, London, 12 June 1987, lot 214
    With MacConnal-Mason & Son Ltd., London
    Sale; Sotheby's, London, 8 March 1995, lot 168
    Private Collection, U.K.
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