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Blazing a Trail / Helen Lessore (British, born 1907) A View of Highbury 76.8 x 102.2 cm. (30 1/4 x 40 1/4 in.)
£1,500 - £2,000
Sale; Phillips, London, 9 May 1989, lot 145 (as Lyndhurst Gardens)
With John Davies Gallery, Stow-on-the-Wold, 10 December 1989, where acquired by the present owner
Private Collection, U.K.
An active member of London's art world, Helen Lessore was a skilled painter, an accomplished gallerist, and a champion of young talent. Her career has been linked to the Mayfair-based Beaux Arts Gallery, where she worked from 1931 to its closure in 1965. As a Director (1951-1965), she took a forward-thinking, enlightened approach, ensuring the success of the Kitchen Sink School and exhibiting Francis Bacon in 1953. Her paintings are a window into her world, which is at times inhabited by crowds of silent characters going about their everyday lives, at others individuals sunk into a deep state of meditative thoughtfulness. Today, Lessore's works can be found in some of the most prestigious public collections in the United Kingdom, including Tate Britain and the Royal Academy of Arts.